“This is not a test”: Bikini Kill have just announced their reunion

The pioneering punk four-piece originally bowed out in 1997

Bikini Kill have announced that they are reforming, kicking off the reunion with the announcement of three live dates in the US in the spring.

The four-piece, who comprised of vocalist Kathleen Hanna, bassist Kathi Wilcox, drummer Tobi Vail and guitarist Billy Karren, released three albums between 1991 and 1996: ‘Revolution Girl Style Now!’ (1991), ‘Pussy Whipped’ (1993) and ‘Reject All American’ (1996). The band broke up in 1997, but they briefly reunited for a special one-off performance back in 2017.

Bikini Kill have today (January 15) surprised fans by announcing a string of US gigs. Kicking off in LA at the Hollywood Palladium on April 25, the band will also play at Brooklyn Steel on May 31 before a show at Terminal 5 in New York on June 1. Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday (January 18) at 9am PT/12pm ET.

A message on the Bikini Kill website about their upcoming reunion does also confirm, however, that guitarist Billy Karren will not be present at the shows.

“Bikini Kill are thrilled to announce they will be regrouping to play shows in NY and LA this spring,” the announcement reads. “They will perform with their iconic line-up of Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, and Kathi Wilcox on bass – along with guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle.”

It’s not yet known whether the return of Bikini Kill will see the band writing or recording new material, while no further information has been provided at this time about the band’s other future touring plans.