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The Darkness to tour UK

The Darkness have confirmed a UK tour for the end of the year – their first full road trip with drummer Rufus Taylor.

The son of Queen sticksman Roger was named as replacement for Emily Dolan Davies at the weekend.

After a run of summer festivals, the Blast Of Our Kind dates will support fourth album Last Of Our Kind, to be released on June 1.

The band say: “This is The Darkness’ first UK tour since 2013. Those in attendance will be awestruck by the all-new material, and downright delighted by the early works.”

Tickets go on sale via Live Nation at 9am on May 15 (Friday).

The Darkness summer dates

Jun 03: London Dingwalls (album launch)

Jul 04: Groove Festival, Wicklow

Jul 05: Daytripper Festival, Waterford

Jul 12: Brownstock Festival, Chelmsford

Aug 09: Boardmasters Festival, Newquay

Aug 30: Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

Blast Of Our Kind tour

Nov 30: Norwich Open

Dec 01: Cambridge Corn Exchange

Dec 01: Nottingham Rock City

Dec 04: Newcastle O2 Academy

Dec 05: Glasgow O2 Academy

Dec 09: Leeds O2 Academy

Dec 10: Manchester Academy

Dec 11: Birmingham O2 Academy

Dec 13: Bristol O2 Academy

Dec 14: Southampton O2 Guildhall

Dec 15: Bexhill De La Warr Pavillion

Dec 17: Bournemouth O2 Academy

Dec 19: Oxford O2 Academy

Dec 20: London Roundhouse

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history. He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.