October 18, 2022

Bikini Kill

Mistletone proudly presents BIKINI KILL, touring Australia for the first time since 1997.

BIKINI KILL TOUR DATES:

SUN FEB 26: MONA FOMA, HOBART
Tickets on sale now here

WED MAR 1: PERTH FESTIVAL @ THE RECHABITE
Tickets on sale here.

FRI MAR 3: BRISBANE @ THE TIVOLI * all ages
Tickets on sale now. Ticket link here.

SUN MAR 5: ADELAIDE @ LION ARTS FACTORY * all ages
* presented by PAK Music 
Tickets on sale now. Ticket link here.

TUE MAR 7:  MELBOURNE @ THE FORUM  * all ages
* presented by Triple R * extra show added by popular demand
Tickets on sale 9am Thursday November 3. Ticket link here.

WED MAR 8:  MELBOURNE @ THE FORUM  * all ages
* presented by Triple R
This show has sold out. Extra show added, see above.

SAT MAR 11: GOLDEN PLAINS
Ticket ballot now closed. https://goldenplains.com.au

MON MAR 13: SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, CONCERT HALL * all ages
Tickets on sale Friday November 4, 9am local time.
Ticket link: https://soh.online/bikinikill
We’re Bikini Kill and we want revolution
Girl-style now! 

Bikini Kill is the infamously fierce, riot grrrl band feminist punk band 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. 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 Hanna, Tobi Vail, and Kathi Wilcox touring Australia for the first time in 25 years next Feb/March for a slew of festivals and all ages shows.

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