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European Tour 2016


THE DARKNESS, multi award winning, multi-million selling megaband formed in 2000 by The Brothers Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and (now departed) Ed Graham have had good years and bad. And some years where they didn’t actually do anything. This year is a good’un, because THE DARKNESS are back with their brand new fourth album Last of Our Kind, released in June 2015 and a new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor), now they are back for a 17 date European Tour!

THE DARKNESS/ Tournée européenne en 2016


THE DARKNESS came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003. Backed by the singles « I Believe in a Thing Called Love« , « Growing on Me« , « Get Your Hands off My Woman« , and « Love is Only a Feeling« , the album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards: Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.

‘’No straight-up rock band does riffs this dirty, choruses this massive and shows this ridiculously flamboyant. Excuse the faint whiff of cheese and the sound of someone retching in the background, but The Darkness truly are the last of their kind.’’ – STEREOBOARD.COM

Forward to December 2013: After completing a gruelling world tour to promote third album Hot Cakes, THE DARKNESS delighted and beguiled the Classic Rock Awards by accepting the prestigious Showman prize. Job done – time to stop for a moment and prepare to pen a new set of hard rock anthems to satiate the baying hordes…. January came and went. The band nestled in their respective partners’ bosoms and waited for the touring scars to fade… With defacto bandleader Dan Hawkins at the controls, relishing his new role of guitarist-producer, recording commenced. Recording continued. Then the recording stopped and the mixing began. Frankie, Justin and Emily downed tools and retreated to umpire charity tennis matches, give up smoking and deliver percussion master classes, respectively. The Druidical magic of Valentia Island flowed through the mixing process, and as the last chords echoed across the Celtic valleys, Dan rose up and declared that the album was complete.

Have a look at: Last of Our Kind (Official Video)

‘’Last of Our Kind is a collection of 10 magnificent songs that THE DARKNESS are extremely proud of. It is the best rock album you will hear this year. It is the best rock album you will hear until next time THE DARKNESS makes an album. I should know. I’m the singer. Justin Hawkins’’

‘’The Darkness blew the crowd away, giving them a night to remember. They seemed to recreate the magic of 70’s hard rock with a sound driven by Les Pauls/Marshalls and a stage presence driven by adrenaline and testosterone.’’ – Ultimate Guitar

The Darkness European Tour Dates:

Thu 14 Jan Barcelona, Spain Apollo

Fri 15 Jan Madrid, Spain But

Sat 16 Jan Bilbao, Spain Santana 27

Mon 18 Jan Paris, France Divan Du Monde

Tue 19 Jan Stuttgart, Germany Longhorn Ika

Wed 20 Jan Solothurn, Switzerland Kofmehl

Fri 22 Jan Bologna, Italy Estragon

Sat 23 Jan Rome, Italy Orion

Sun 24 Jan Milan, Italy Alcatraz

Tue 26 Jan Munich, Germany Freiheiz

Wed 27 Jan Vienna, Austria Arena

Thu 28 Jan Berlin, Germany C-Club

Sat 30 Jan Cologne, Germany Essigfabrik

Sun 31 Jan Bochum, Germany Zeche

Mon 1 Feb Hamburg, Germany Gruenspan

Wed 3 Feb Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg

Thu 4 Feb Ghent, Belgium Voorhuit Ballroom



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