The Darkness have been added to the line-up for the Metallica/Linkin Park gig at the RDS this August.

The English heavy metal rockers are currently negotiating a seven figure record deal with Sony or Mushroom Records.

Their new single, 'Growing On Me' is set for release on 9 June, and will be followed by the band's as yet untitled debut album on 7 July.

Twinned with the Reading Festival in London, the RDS Showground Arena in Dublin will play host to metal legends Metallica, nu-metal heroes Linkin Park and The Darkness on 20 August 2003.

The show will be Linkin Park's first ever Irish gig.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster and cost from €59.50, including booking fee. Gates 3pm.