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Bikini Kill: 2023 Australian Tour

The riot grrrl pioneers are returning to Australia for their first Aussie shows in more than 25 years.
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
February 24, 2023
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
February 24, 2023

Girls to the front — Bikini Kill are coming to Australia. The iconic Kathleen Hanna-fronted, Washington-formed band instigated the riot grrrl movement, and will perform their first Aussie shows in more than 25 years on a seven-date 2023 tour.

On top of appearances at Mona Foma, Golden Plains and Perth Festival, the trailblazing trio of Hanna, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail are doing a series of headline shows, including appearing in Sydney in March.

In the Harbour City, Bikini Kill are headed to the Sydney Opera House on Monday, March 13 — and in good news for the next generation of rebel grrrls and underage rockers, it's an all-ages affair.

Debi Del Grande

In preparation, either watching or rewatching the exceptional documentary The Punk Singer, about Hanna, should be on your must-do list right now. Fun fact: when Hanna spray-painted "Kurt smells like Teen Spirit" across her pal Mr Cobain's wall, the name of a certain grunge anthem was born.

In Sydney, Bikini Kill are also appearing at the Sydney Opera House's All About Women conference on Sunday, March 12 — which you can either head to in-person or livestream from home.

Top image: Debi Del Grande.

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