photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Banana split: The Darkness @ GoogaMooga 2013
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While Brooklyn's music-food-beer fest Great GoogaMooga 2013 came to a soggy, earlier-than-expected end, Friday's kickoff show (5/17) couldn't have been more perfect, weather-wise. The day got off to an early start and a bang with Lowestoft, UK's finest cheeky rockers, The Darkness. An expert at crowd participation, frontman Justin Hawkins (who was hopefully wearing sunscreen with that catsuit) had the crowd showing him their thumbs as the band cranked out tunes that tread the fine line between clever and stupid.

Chairlift and N.A.S.A's Sam Speigel had DJ sets on either side of the Darkness' performance that was followed by The Flaming Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Darkness play Philly on Tuesday (5/21) before heading back to England. All dates are listed, along with more GoogaMooga pictures and video, below...

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The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" @ GoogaMooga 2013

The Darkness - 2013 Tour Dates
Tue 21 May 7:00 PM The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA $29.50 Tickets
Sat 1 Jun 7:30 PM Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man from £30 Tickets
Mon 3 Jun 7:00 PM Grand Hall - Scarborough Spa, Scarborough £23adv Tickets
Tue 4 Jun 7:00 PM Kasbah, Coventry £23adv Tickets
Wed 3 Jul 12:00 PM Putte i Parken, Karlstad, Sweden from 650 SEK Tickets
Sun 21 Jul 12:00 PM Gurten Festival, Berne, CH from CHF90 Tickets
Fri 2 Aug 12:00 PM Festidalen, Nr Bergen, NO from kr500 Tickets
Sun 4 Aug 12:00 PM Y Not Festival, Matlock, UK from £79.50 Tickets
Sun 29 Sep 12:00 PM Looe Music Festival, Cornwall, UK