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12th April 2012

the darkness

The Darkness are honoured to announce their addition to the bill as main support for Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball' European Tour 2012. The Darkness will join the tour in Bulgaria in August and spend through till October lifting the roofs of stadia and arena alike across Europe, Scandinavia and the UK and Ireland and wrapping up in Spain on October 6th.

Vocalist Justin Hawkins commented: "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. 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!"

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Since the original line-up resumed active service almost twelve months ago on the main stage of 2011s Download Festival, The Darkness have completed sold out tours of the UK and North America, featured in a Superbowl ad (broadcast to over 100million viewers in the tense fourth quarter of the game), finished recording their long-awaited third album (as-yet-untitled, news and release date coming very soon), and released a free teaser track and video entitled 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us'.

Prior to the start of the Lady Gaga tour, the band will tour Australia for the first time in six years (where the Melbourne show sold out in less than an hour last week), return to the USA for a brace of shows and festival appearances, and play a wealth of festivals across the UK and Europe, as well as their own 'hometown' outdoor headline show at Thetford Forest in Suffolk.

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Fri 4 Australia - Brisbane - Eaton Hill
Sat 5 Australia - Newcastle - Workers
Sun 6 Australia - Sydney - Roundhouse
Tue 8 Australia - Melbourne - Palace
Wed 9 Australia - Melbourne - Palace
Thurs 10 Australia - Canberra - ANU 
Sat 12 Australia - Adelaide
Fri 18 USA - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Sat 19 USA - Baltimore, MD - InfieldFest
Sun 20 USA - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range Festival
Tue 22 USA - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Wed 23 USA - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Fri 25 USA - Austin, TX - Stubb's
Sat 26 USA - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma Festival
Sun 27 USA - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues 

Fri 8 - Sweden - Solvesburg - Sweden Rock
Sat 16 - Spain - Azkena Rock Festival
Sat 23 - Italy - Milan - Gods of Metal Festival
Sun 24 - UK - Isle of Wight Festival
Fri 29 - Serbia - Belgrade - Usce Park

Fri 6 - UK - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park
Sun 8 - France - Sonisphere 
Sat 14 - UK - Suffolk - Thetford Forest 
Sun 22 - Spain - Palma de Mallorca - Iberostar Stadium (w/ Guns n' Roses)

Sat 4 - Poland - Oder - Woodstock Festival 


Tue 14 Bulgaria - Sofia - Vasil Levski National Stadium
Thu 16 Romania - Bucharest - Arena Nationala Stadium
Sat 18 Austria - Vienna - Wiener Stadhalle
Tue 21 Lithuania - Vilnius - Vingis Park
Thu 23 Latvia - Riga - Mezaparks
Sat 25 Tallinn - Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
Mon 27 Finland - Helsinki - Hartwell Arena
Thu 30 Sweden - Stockholm - Ericsson Globe


Sun 2 Denmark - Copenhagen - Parken Stadium
Tue 4 Germany - Koln - Lanxess Arena
Sat 8 UK - London - Twickenham
Tue 11 UK - Manchester - Evening News Arena
Sat 15 Ireland - Dublin - Aviva Stadium
Mon 17 Netherlands - Amsterdam - Ziggo Dome
Sat 22 France - Paris - Stade de France
Mon 24 Germany - Hannover - TUI Arena
Wed 26 Switzerland - Zurich - Hallenstadion
Sa 29 Belgium - Antwerp - Sportpaleis


Tue 2 Italy - Milan - Mediolanum Forum
Thu 4 France - Nice - Stade Charles-Ehrmann
Sat 6 Spain - Barcelona - Palau St Jordi



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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