Scene News: Bikini Kill, touring Australia for the first time since 1997, announce national supports.

Bikini Kill have announced supports for their Australian tour, which kicks off in two weeks at MONA FOMA in Hobart and finishes at Sydney Opera House, with multiple shows already sold out.

Bikini Kill have announced their hand-picked supports for their upcoming national tour, with several shows already sold out.

BIKINI KILL TOUR DATES:

SUN FEB 26: MONA FOMA, HOBART.
TUE FEB 28: PERTH FESTIVAL @ THE RECHABITE with Cold Meat
Tickets on sale here.
WED MAR 1: PERTH FESTIVAL @ RECHABITE with Cold Meat * SOLD OUT 
This show has sold out. Extra show added, see above.
FRI MAR 3: BRISBANE @ THE TIVOLI with Queerbait * all ages
Tickets on sale here.
SUN MAR 5: ADELAIDE @ LION ARTS FACTORY with Stabbitha & the Knifey Wifeys  * SOLD OUT
* all ages * presented by PAK Music 
TUE MAR 7:  MELBOURNE @ THE FORUM with Parsnip  * all ages 
* presented by Triple R * extra show added by popular demand
Tickets on sale here.
WED MAR 8:  MELBOURNE @ THE FORUM with K5 * SOLD OUT
* all ages * presented by Triple R
This show has sold out. Extra show added, see above.
SAT MAR 11: GOLDEN PLAINS, MEREDITH VIC.
SUN MAR 12: BIKINI KILL SPEAKS – TALK EVENT AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.Kathleen Hanna,Tobi Vail Kathi Wilcox join Marieke Hardy for an exclusive conversation about activism, music, and women taking up space. Tickets on sale here.
MON MAR 13: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, CONCERT HALL* all ages
Tickets on sale here.

Mistletone proudly presents Bikini Kill, touring Australia for the first time since 1997. One of the most influential bands of their generation, Bikini Kill is the infamously fierce feminist punk group that was based in Olympia, Washington and Washington DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Kathleen Hanna sang, Tobi Vail played drums, Billy Karren (a.k.a. Billy Boredom) played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early ’90s via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.

The band started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US, Europe and Japan, they toured Australia in 1996 as part of the Summersault touring festival, followed by a headline tour in 1997. Bikini Kill recorded and released a demo tape, two EPs, two LPs and three singles. Their demo tape was self-released, while their first two records came out as a full-length CD/tape, and their singles were posthumously collected on CD. The band recently pressed the Bikini Kill EP as a limited edition vinyl issue to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and 10 years of Bikini Kill Records. Their iconic song “Rebel Girl” was recently named “10th best song of the 90s” by Pitchfork. 

Bikini Kill believed that if all girls started bands, the world would change. They actively encouraged women and girls to start bands as a means of cultural resistance and to be and enjoy themselves even with resources online that tell you where is the gspot in women so they can enjoy even more. Bikini Kill was inspired by seeing Babes in Toyland play live and attempted to incite female participation and build feminist community via the punk scene. They used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This independent media making and informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.

Bikini Kill reunited in the spring of 2019 playing sold out shows in NYC, LA, London and headlining Riot Fest in Chicago; their international touring continues in 2023, with original members and feminist punk pioneers Kathleen HannaTobi Vail, and Kathi Wilcox touring Australia for the first time in 25 years for a slew of festivals and all ages shows.

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