The Darkness new LP and Summer/Fall Tour Dates Announced

British rock group the Darkness have confirmed they will release their third studio album  titled Hot Cakes on August 21 via Wind-up (North & South America) and PIAS (UK and rest of the world).

After a seven-year wait, this LP, produced by the band’s Justin and Dan Hawkins with long-time collaborator Nick Brine and mixed by Bob Ezrin--will deliver the epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses the multi-platinum band has become renowned for worldwide.

“When we first heard a new Darkness track and after seeing them play live in NYC, we knew The Darkness were back!” explains Wind-up CEO Edward Vetri. “The Darkness and Wind-up make a great rock partnership and we look forward to working with them to launch Hot Cakes.”

They kick off an Australian tour this week (May 4) before returning to the U.S. May 18 for select dates and 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. Following the U.S. shows, 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 with Lady Gaga for her “Born This Way Ball” tour. See all confirmed dates below, and tickets are available now at:

From the release

JUSTIN 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 HOT CAKES and released a free teaser track and video, “Nothing's Gonna Stop Us.” HOT CAKES marks the follow-up to the group’s multi-platinum debut Permission To Land--with its 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?”!/TheDarkness

'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us' video: 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' (live at Hammersmith. featuring Brian May of Queen)

THE DARKNESS Headlining shows and Festivals 2012:


Fri 5/4

Brisbane, Australia - Eaton Hill

Sat 5/5

Newcastle, Australia - Workers

Sun 5/6

Sydney, Australia - Roundhouse

Tue 5/8

Melbourne, Australia - Palace

Wed 5/9

Melbourne,  Australia - Palace

Thurs 5/10

Canberra, Australia - ANU

Sat 5/12

Adelaide, Australia The Barton Theatre

Fri 5/18

New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place

Sat 5/19

Baltimore, MD - InfieldFest

Sun 5/20

Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range   Festival

Tue 5/22

Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

Wed 5/23

New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

Fri 5/25

Austin, TX - Stubb’s

Sat 5/26

Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma Festival

Sun 5/27

Dallas, TX - House Of Blues

Sat 6/2

Trondheim, Norway- Trondheim Rock

Fri 6/8

Solvesburg, Sweden - Sweden Rock

Sat 6/16

Spain - Plein Air

Sat 6/23

Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal   Festival

Sun 6/24

UK- Isle of Wight Festival

Fri 6/29

Belgrade, Serbia - Usce Park

Fri 7/6

Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park

Sat 7/7

Amneville, France - Snowhall Parc

Sun 7/8

France - Sonisphere

Sat 7/14

Suffolk, UK - Thetford Forest

Sat 8/4

Oder, Poland- Woodstock   Festival

All dates below, with LADY GAGA:

Tue 8/14

Sofia, Bulgaria - Vasil Levski National   Stadium

Thu 8/16

Bucharest, Romania - Arena Nationala   Stadium

Sat 8/18

Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadhalle

Tue 8/21

Vilnius, Lithuania - Vingis Park

Thu 8/23

Riga, Latvia - Mezaparks

Sat 8/25

Tallinn - Tallinn Song Festival   Grounds

Mon 8/27

Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena

Thu 8/30

Stockholm, Sweden - Ericsson Globe

Sun 9/2

Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken Stadium

Tue 9/4

Koln, Germany - Lanxess Arena

Wed 9/5

Koln, Germany - Lanxess Arena

Sat 9/8

London, UK - Twickenham

Sun 9/9

London, UK- Twickenham

Tue 9/11

Manchester, UK - Evening News Arena

Sat 9/15

Dublin. Ireland - Aviva Stadium

Mon 9/17

Amsterdam, Netherlands- Ziggo Dome

Tue 9/18

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome

Sat 9/22

Paris, France - Stade de France

Mon 9/24

Hannover, Germany- TUI Arena

Wed 9/26

Zurich, Switzerland- Hallenstadion

Thu 9/27

Zurich, Switzerland- Hallenstadion

Sat 9/29

Wilrijk, Belgium - Sportpaleis

Sat 9/29

Wilrijk, Belgium - Sportpaleis

Tue 10/2

Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum

Thu 10/4

Nice, France - Stade Charles-Ehrmann

Sat 10/6

Barcelona, Spain - Palau St Jordi

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