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After thrilling sold-out crowds with their critically acclaimed U.S. tour last month, are honored to announce they’ll join Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way Ball’ Tour’ for Summer 2012. Invited by Gaga herself, will provide main support for the dates across Europe. Before joining Lady Gaga, return to Australia for the first time in six years (their Melbourne show sold out within an hour this past Friday). Next, they’ll head to the U.S. in May for select dates as well as three festival appearances: Saturday, May 19 at InfieldFest (Baltimore, MD), Sunday, May 20 at Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH) and Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma. They’ll perform festivals across the U.K. and Europe as well as a hometown outdoor headlining gig at Thetford Fest in Suffolk before teaming up with Lady Gaga. See all confirmed dates below, and tickets are available now at:

“I’ve been living with my Lady Gaga secret for many moons and it’s such a relief to be able to tell folk at last. I was beginning to go insane,” says lead vocalist JUSTIN HAWKINS. “She is the best pop star of the 21st century bar none and we’re honoured to have been selected.  2012 has been the most brilliant of years so far, and it’s about to get even more magnificent!”

Since THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/guitars), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass) and ED GRAHAM (drums)–resumed active service almost 12 months ago on the main stage of 2011’s Download Festival with their original line-up, the British group have accomplished a lot. They’ve completed sold out tours of the UK and North America; were featured in a Superbowl ad (broadcast to over 100 million viewers in the tense fourth quarter of the game); finished recording their long-awaited third album and first offering in eight years (as-yet-untitled, release date TBA); and released a free teaser track and video, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’.

Due out late summer, the album marks the follow-up to the group’s multi-platinum debut Permission To Landwhich spawned fan favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman–as well as the revered One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back which featured “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?”

THE DARKNESS are poised to hit the stratosphere in 2012 and beyond.

THE DARKNESS Headlining shows and Festivals 2012:

Fri5/4Brisbane, AustraliaEaton Hill
Sat5/5Newcastle, AustraliaWorkers
Sun5/6Sydney, AustraliaRoundhouse
Tue5/8Melbourne, AustraliaPalace
Wed5/9Melbourne,  AustraliaPalace
Thurs5/10Canberra, AustraliaANU
Sat5/12Adelaide, Australia
Fri5/18New Haven, CTToad’s Place
Sat5/19Baltimore, MDInfieldFest
Sun5/20Columbus, OHRock on the Range   Festival
Tue5/22Nashville, TNMarathon Music Works
Wed5/23New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
Fri5/25Austin, TXStubb’s
Sat5/26Pryor, OKRocklahoma Festival
Sun5/27Dallas, TXHouse Of Blues
Fri6/8Solvesburg, SwedenSweden Rock
Sat6/16SpainAzkena Rock Festival
Sat6/23Milan, ItalyGods of Metal   Festival
Sun6/24UKIsle of Wight Festival
Fri6/29Belgrade, SerbiaUsce Park
Fri7/6Kinross, ScotlandT in the Park
Sat7/14Suffolk, UKThetford Forest
Sun7/22Palma de Mallorca,   SpainIberostar Stadium (w/   Guns’n’Roses)
Sat8/4Oder, PolandWoodstock   Festival
All dates below, with LADY GAGA:
Tue8/14Sofia, BulgariaVasil Levski National   Stadium
Thu8/16Bucharest, RomaniaArena Nationala   Stadium
Sat8/18Vienna, AustriaWiener Stadhalle
Tue8/21Vilnius, LithuaniaVingis Park
Thu8/23Riga, LatviaMezaparks
Sat8/25TallinnTallinn Song Festival   Grounds
Mon8/27Helsinki, FinlandHartwell Arena
Thu8/30Stockholm, SwedenEricsson Globe
Sun9/2Copenhagen, DenmarkParken Stadium
Tue9/4Koln, GermanyLanxess Arena
Sat9/8London, UKTwickenham
Tue9/11Manchester, UKEvening News Arena
Sat9/15Dublin. IrelandAviva Stadium
Mon9/17Amsterdam, NetherlandsZiggo Dome
Sat9/22Paris, FranceStade de France
Mon9/24Hannover, GermanyTUI Arena
Wed9/26Zurich, SwitzerlandHallenstadion
Sat9/29Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleis
Tue10/2Milan, ItalyMediolanum Forum
Thu10/4Nice, FranceStade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat10/6Barcelona, SpainPalau St Jordi!/TheDarkness  

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