Photo by Tammy Rae Carland

Bikini Kill is a feminist punk band that started in Olympia, WA, and later moved to Washington, DC. The band was active from 1990 to 1998. Although they sometimes switched instruments, the primary lineup was Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, and Kathi Wilcox on bass. Billy Karren joined on guitar after the band had played several shows as a three-piece. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early ’90s via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live shows.

Bikini Kill started touring in June 1991. In addition to touring the US several times, they also toured Europe, Australia and Japan. In The band recorded and released a demo tape, two EPs, two LPs and three singles. With the exception of their demo tape, which was self-released, all their records were released by the Olympia-based record label, Kill Rock Stars. In 2011, the band cut ties with Kill Rock Stars and began rereleasing their albums through their own label, Bikini Kill Records.

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 informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard.

Kathleen, Kathi, and Tobi (along with guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle) are thrilled to announce they will be regrouping to play shows in NY and LA in spring 2019.

Tour Dates

Date Details Venue City With Tickets
06/01/24
@ Primavera Sound
Barcelona
Barcelona
06/02/24
@ Grand Parc
Bordeaux
w/ Comet Gain
Grand Parc
Bordeaux
Comet Gain
06/03/24
@ Elysée Montmartre
Paris
w/ Big Joanie
Elysée Montmartre
Paris
Big Joanie
06/05/24
@ De Roma
Antwerp
w/ Big Joanie
Antwerp
Big Joanie
06/06/24
@ Melkweg
Amsterdam
w/ Big Joanie
Amsterdam
Big Joanie
06/08/24
@ Columbiahalle
Berlin
w/ Tropical Fuck Storm
Berlin
Tropical Fuck Storm
06/09/24
@ VEGA
Copenhagen
w/ Tropical Fuck Storm
Copenhagen
Tropical Fuck Storm
Sold Out
06/10/24
@ Pustervik
Gothenburg
w/ Tropical Fuck Storm
Gothenburg
Tropical Fuck Storm
Sold Out
06/12/24
@ Roundhouse
London
w/ Snoozers
Roundhouse
London
Snoozers
06/13/24
@ 02 Academy Leeds
Leeds
w/ R.AGGS
02 Academy Leeds
Leeds
R.AGGS
06/14/24
@ 02 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow
w/ R.AGGS
02 Academy Glasgow
Glasgow
R.AGGS
06/16/24
@ The Crossing
Birmingham
w/ R.AGGS (afternoon show)
The Crossing
Birmingham
R.AGGS (afternoon show)
Sold Out
08/15/24
@ The Wiltern
Los Angeles, California
w/ The Ghost Ease
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, California
The Ghost Ease
08/16/24
@ The Wiltern
Los Angeles, California
w/ Death Valley Girls
The Wiltern
Los Angeles, California
Death Valley Girls
08/18/24
@ The Warfield
San Francisco, California
w/ The Ghost Ease
San Francisco, California
The Ghost Ease
08/19/24
@ The Warfield
San Francisco, California
w/ Black Belt Eagle Scout
San Francisco, California
Black Belt Eagle Scout
08/21/24
@ Grand Lodge
Forest Grove, Oregon
w/ The Ghost Ease
Forest Grove, Oregon
The Ghost Ease
08/23/24
@ South Sound Block Party
Olympia, Washington
Olympia, Washington
08/25/24
@ The Union Event Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
w/ Cheap Perfume, Blisster
The Union Event Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Cheap Perfume, Blisster
08/27/24
@ The Mission Ballroom
Denver, Colorado
w/ Sweeping Promises
Denver, Colorado
Sweeping Promises
08/29/24
@ Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
w/ Shadow Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Shadow Show
08/30/24
@ The Salt Shed
Chicago, IL
w/ Shadow Show
The Salt Shed
Chicago, IL
Shadow Show
08/31/24
@ Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Detroit, MI
w/ Shadow Show
Masonic Cathedral Theatre
Detroit, MI
Shadow Show
09/03/24
@ History
Toronto, Ontario
w/ Retail Simps
Toronto, Ontario
Retail Simps
09/04/24
@ L’Olympia
Montreal, Quebec
w/ Retail Simps
Montreal, Quebec
Retail Simps
09/06/24
@ State Theater (ME)
Portland, Maine
w/ Sweeping Promises
Portland, Maine
Sweeping Promises
Sold Out
09/07/24
@ Brooklyn Paramount
Brooklyn, New York
w/ Birthday Girl
Brooklyn, New York
Birthday Girl
09/08/24
@ Brooklyn Paramount
Brooklyn, New York
w/ Sweeping Promises
Brooklyn, New York
Sweeping Promises
09/10/24
@ Franklin Music Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
w/ Sweeping Promises
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sweeping Promises
09/11/24
@ Baltimore Soundstage
Baltimore, Maryland
w/ Sweeping Promises
Baltimore Soundstage
Baltimore, Maryland
Sweeping Promises
Sold Out
09/12/24
@ Baltimore Soundstage
Baltimore, Maryland
w/ Birthday Girl DC
Baltimore Soundstage
Baltimore, Maryland
Birthday Girl DC

News

The 63 Most Anticipated Tours of 2024
Pitchfork

BIKINI KILL: 

Punk icons Bikini Kill will hit the road starting this summer for a North American tour. It will follow the release of lead singer Kathleen Hanna’s memoir, Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk, which hits shelves in May. The tour begins in Los Angeles this August and includes stops in San Francisco, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more, with support from Comet Gain, Big Joanie, Tropical Fuck Storm, Snoozers, and R.Aggs.

 

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD: 

The beloved and prolific Australian weirdos King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are touring a lot this year in support of their latest album, The Silver Chord. After a successful string of March festival dates in South America, the band has dates slated for May with Grace Cummings across the United Kingdom and Europe. Then, the group will head to North America for shows in August, September, and November. Crowds in Forest Hills, New York, on August 17; Chicago, Illinois, on September 1; Quincy, Washington, on September 14; and Austin, Texas, on November 15 are also getting the band’s famous three-hour “marathon shows.”

Bikini Kill Announce 2024 North American Tour Dates
Consequence

Bikini Kill have expanded their 2024 tour dates with a newly-announced run of shows in North America.

The riot grrrl legends will kick off their 2024 tour dates in Mexico City on March 3rd, making stops across South America and Europe before returning to the United States with a show in Los Angeles on August 15th. From there, they’ll hit cities including San Fransisco, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, and more, before wrapping up in Baltimore on September 11th.

Bikini Kill announce summer North American tour
Brooklyn Vegan

Bikini Kill have announced a new round of North American tour dates for 2024. The outing follows their March shows in Mexico and South America and a tour of Europe and the UK in June, beginning in Los Angeles on August 15 and running through September 11 in Baltimore. See all dates below.

500 Best Songs of All Time
Rolling Stone

“When she talks, I hear the revolution/In her hips, there’s revolution,” Kathleen Hanna announced on “Rebel Girl,” the Nineties riot-grrrl battle cry that has come to be revered as perhaps the greatest feminist punk anthem of all time. The song is so potent the band recorded and released it three different times, each with a more joyful focus. The most famous version remains the B side of the band’s astounding “New Radio” single, with producer and guitar ringer Joan Jett singing background vocals and adding guitar.

From Taylor Swift to Beyoncé and Bruce Springsteen, here are the 10 best concerts we saw this year
The Philadelphia Inquirer

10. Bikini Kill, Franklin Music Hall, April 7 — I waited almost 30 years for this one. The riot-grrl pioneers led by Kathleen Hanna’s previous show in Philadelphia was on the rooftop of a Drexel parking garage in 1994. The influential band whose “Revolution Girl Style Now!” call to action still resonates didn’t disappoint with a spiky set that double-dared a multigenerational crowd to “do what you want … be who you will.”

Photos/Recap: Bikini Kill Hosts the Best Basement Party Ever at The Salt Shed in Chicago
Rebellious Magazine

“Celebrate they did, though there was also a shared sense of purpose marinating in the venue. One could feel the unspoken agreement that – while there is a lot of work to do to combat all of the recent legislative and judicial attacks on reproductive heath, gender-affirming care, and democracy in general – tonight was a time to dance and recharge in order to rise to fight another day.”

Why We Need Bikini Kill: A Concert Review
Halftone Magazine

By the end of the first song there is one undeniable truth: Bikini Kill is just as paramount today as they were 30 years ago. Formed in 1990 in Olympia, Washington, Bikini Kill broke into music with the intention of igniting change. They were a beacon of resistance and actively encouraged other women to embrace their power. Kathleen Hanna is credited for coining phrases such as “girls to the front” and the infamous “girl power.” Their influence on alternative music and feminism during recent decades has been immeasurable. Now back on tour, the women who helped pioneer the Riot Grrrl Movement are reminding us all that our anger is our power.

Riot grrrls still rule!
Seesaw Mag

“In the last 30 years, much of what Hanna fought for has materialised and to see them back together is a vindication of their fraught mission. The Riot Grrrls of the 90s are now women of the new millennium. Yet there’s still plenty of work to do, giving the music an enduring contemporary relevance while retaining its abrasive causticness”

Maps: Bikini Kill Are Back! Kathleen Hanna On The Band’s Unfinished Business
RRR

Over the last thirty years, Kathleen Hanna has been at the forefront of punk and politics. From pioneering the genre of riot grrrl with Bikini Kill to melding third-wave feminism with electro-pop in Le Tigre, Hanna’s music has always rallied against the norms of the day. But despite the music’s specificity, many of the messages still feel frustratingly vital. Chatting with Maps ahead of Bikini Kill’s 2023 Australian tour, Hanna discusses her frustration with the band’s relevance: “I wish that this band had no business being on a stage again” she tells Fee, “the thing that’s really upsetting is that [we’re] still relevant”

The Healing Power of Bikini Kill
Ms. Magazine

“I had the great fortune of seeing Bikini Kill recently and have been buzzing since. I have been going to concerts my whole life (I am 55) and good ones always linger, but this one hit different. It is less the music following me, and more the energy and feminist badass-ery that Bikini Kill imparted upon the thousands of us who were there”

The 250 Best Songs of the 1990s
Pitchfork

Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” listed as the 10th best song of the 1990s!

“Rebel Girl” is a call to arms. Fuck the patriarchy! Ride a motorcycle in a minidress! Fall in love with your best friend—not metaphorically, literally kiss her on the lips! Set alight by snarls of guitars and bass, the song tells us that love is a revelation, an invitation to worship your friends, to see them as beautiful, to shout from the streets that girls matter. That we’re angry. That we’re all geniuses”

Bikini Kill Announce 2023 Tour Dates
Pitchfork

Bikini Kill have announced a rescheduled run of North American tour dates that are set to take place in 2023. After the band was forced to postpone recent shows due to COVID-19, the rescheduled dates are scheduled to take place next March and April. There’s also an added date in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bikini Kill announce rescheduled 2023 tour dates
Consequence

Bikini Kill had to postpone many dates of their July tour as a member tested positive for Covid, and now they’ve announced rescheduled dates. They’ll happen in spring 2023, starting in Nashville on March 30 and including stops in Atlanta, Asheville, the DC area, Philly, Boston, Burlington, Montreal, Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Knoxville, plus a newly added show in St Paul.

Things to do in Seattle this September
Crosscut

The ’90s are back. No, not the summer temperatures but choker necklaces, flannel shirts, skater jeans and riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill. The influential feminist punk rock band sprouted from the fertile Olympia grunge/punk soil in the early 1990s and played its last show in Tokyo in 1997, after three albums and a career as fiery, exhilarating and concise as their songs — which rage against the sexist machine. The band, whose “girls to the front” credo ignited a movement, announced a Pacific Northwest reunion tour in November of 2019. (We all know what happened next.) The rescheduled Bikini Kill tour makes its final stop in Marymoor, one of the few shows that have not sold out – yet.

The 20 Best Riot Grrrl Songs
Spin Magazine

One of Bikini Kill’s best songs is one of their most overlooked. In two and a half minutes, “Outta Me” packs in more emotional nuance than the band usually left room for. Riot grrrl has meant, and continues to mean, many things to many people. But when I think about the central tension of being a woman trying to move through the world, “bein’ in love,” “bein’ in hate,” and just feeling fucking bled dry often seems like the right way to put it. But that’s probably just how everyone feels. “Outta Me,” in its bittersweet efficiency, transcends riot grrrl, it but also sort of defines it — if anything ever could.

BIKINI KILL KILLED AT THE GREEK
LA Weekly

‘The songs blasted by in a blur, but Hanna reminded us that “Suck My Left One” is about her 13 year old sister getting harassed by older men. A Bikini Kill show is a lively, fun punk rock gig, but the messages are as important as ever. There’s still work to do. Smash the patriarchy.’

Bikini Kill at the Greek Theatre
Buzzbands.la

‘There wasn’t much funny business, but there was plenty of joy as the original line-up of vocalist Kathleen Hanna, drummer Tobi Vail and bassist Kathi Wilcox on bass — joined by guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle — entertained a cross-generational crowd. The show, one of more than 50 on their tour, was the band’s first L.A. appearance since their four-night residency at the Hollywood Palladium in 2019, which marked their return to live performances after more than two decades away.’

Spin Names Bikini Kill on Most Influential Artists List
Spin

“…Riot grrrl may have never returned, but Bikini Kill did, and when the feminist trailblazers announced they were reuniting to play one-off bicoastal gigs in 2019, the demand was so intense, every show they added sold out within seconds of going on sale…”

Bikini Kill Announce Additional 2020 Tour Dates
Paste Magazine

Legendary feminist punk band Bikini Kill recently regrouped for 10 thrilling performances in select cities NYC, LA and London + a special headlining Riot Fest appearance, marking their first full shows since 1997. These shows sold out quickly and the enthusiastic fan response encouraged the band to launch a more expansive run. Their recently announced 2020 international tour dates are selling out quickly and today, the band is thrilled to announce additional dates with stops at NYC’s Prospect Park Bandshell, Red Rocks, Burger Boogaloo and a special second show in Olympia.

Bikini Kill expand tour, add Prospect Park, Red Rocks & more (updated dates)
Brooklyn Vegan

The reunited Bikini Kill have been rolling out 2020 tour dates, and now they’ve added even more, including Oakland, CA’s Burger Boogaloo in July, and shows at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on August 4, Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on October 21. Tickets for Prospect Park, and all the new dates, go on sale Friday December 13 at noon, with a fan presale starting Wednesday December 12 at noon; the password for that will be available via the band’s newsletter.

Bikini Kill Add Tour Dates, Headlining Burger Boogaloo 2020
Pitchfork

The 2020 Burger Boogaloo initial lineup has been announced, and this year, it’s headlined by the reunited Bikini Kill in their first Bay Area show in 25 years. The lineup also features Circle Jerks, Flipper, Alice Bag, Carbonas, Bleached, and host John Waters. It takes place from July 11-12 in Oakland’s Mosswood Park.

Bikini Kill have also expanded their upcoming 2020 world tour dates. Find their itinerary below, and get tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

Burger Boogaloo 2020 Lineup
Stereogum

The initial lineup for the 2020 edition of Burger Boogaloo has been announced. It includes the reunited Bikini Kill, who will play their first Bay Area show in 25 years as part of the fest, and Circle Jerks, who will play their first Bay Area show in 10 years.

Bikini Kill Announce 2020 Tour
Pitchfork

Bikini Kill have announced a 2020 international tour. The tour kicks off in March with a benefit for Interfaith Works in Olympia, Washington. Check below for the full list of shows.

Bikini Kill Is Going on Tour in 2020
Rolling Stone

The band will kick off their tour on March 13th in Olympia, Washington with a special Interfaith Benefit show. Interfaith Works Nightly Shelter is a shelter/homeless program that works specifically with women and LGBTQ adults in that area. After that, the band will remain on the road through a Milwaukee gig on May 24th. Tickets go on sale November 8th.

Bikini Kill Announce 2020 Show
Pitchfork

Bikini Kill have announced a 2020 concert in Olympia, Washington. The show is set for Friday, March 13 at the Capitol Theater and will benefit the nonprofit Interfaith Works.