The Minneapolis band to play live together for first time in 18 years

Babes In Toyland have announced a UK tour in May after reuniting for the first time in 18 years.

The punk band will kick off the tour with a performance at Bristol Trinity on May 24 before heading to Southampton, London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Babes In Toyland formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987 and released three albums – ‘Spanking Machine’ (1990), ‘Fontanelle’ (1992) and ‘Nemesisters’ (1995) – before splitting in 2001.

They recently announced that they would be reuniting as their ‘Fontanelle’-era line-up of Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero for a reunion gig at The Roxy in Los Angeles on February 12.

“It was brought to my attention that not only do we have a lot of diehard fans from back in the day, but also a whole new generation of kids – my son Henry included – that were eager to see us live,” Bjelland said in a press release about the LA show. “I felt some kind of obligation for them to see us, too. But mainly, I just missed my girls and the feeling that comes from playing with them – visceral live therapy.”

Herman added: “The first time we played together again we weren’t sure what it would be like. After knocking the hell out of ‘He’s My Thing’ on the first try, we knew this was going to be fun – and it was going to rock like a motherfucker.”

The band are also set to play this summer’s Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, which takes place May 27-30.

Babes in Toyland will play:

Bristol Trinity (May 24)
Southampton Engine Room (25)
London SBE (26)
Manchester Gorilla (27)
Glasgow Oran Mor (28)

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