All female Japanese cult trio Shonen Knife hit the road again to tour the UK & Ireland this May, to coincide with a forthcoming new album to be released on Damnably Records.
Formed in Osaka almost 33 years ago, the trio rose from humble DIY beginnings to touring with Nirvana on their ‘Nevermind’ tour, trailblazing a path for women in music and inspiring legions of bands. Championed by Nirvana, Sonic Youth and hailed as a favourite by the crème-de-la-crème of Alternative Rock, Shonen Knife remain one of the most influential and beloved of Japanese rock exports.
Following an extensive tour of Europe in 2013, the band are returning for 15 dates across the UK and Ireland this May before heading to Europe, to promote the release of their 20th album, Overdrive, out 14th April on Damnably (also Good Charamel in USA/P-Vine in Japan) Records.
Live, they are a tight with machine-precision, punching out fast, highly exciting sets of Punk, Pop, Rock & Metal hits, all coated with their own distinctively quirky and life-affirming charm. As they fast approach their 1,000th gig, Shonen Knife’s joy and invention shows no sign of fading. As Naoko says, “Let’s Rock!”
Apr 30 : Manchester – Ruby Lounge
May 1 : Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
May 3 : Leicester – Handmade Festival
May 4 : Coventry –The Tin At The Coal Vaults http://www.gigantic.com/shonen-knife-tickets
May 6 : Dublin – Whelans
May 7 : Limerick – Dolans
May 8 : Cork – Crane Lane Theatre
May 9 : Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Festival
May 10 : Glasgow – CCA
May 11 : Edinburgh – The Electric Circus
May 12 : Newcastle – Cluny
May 14 : Bristol – The Fleece
May 15 : Cardiff- Clwb Ifor Bach
May 16 : Brighton- Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
May 17 : Milton Keynes- The Craufurd Arms
May 18 : London – Dingwalls
May 22: Zoom - Frankfurt DE
May 24: Utrecht - Le Guess Who?
May 27:Lakeside, Haninge (Stockholm) ticket link coming soon http://www.nyankosf.com/
May 28: Linköping - LÓrient, SE
May 29: Oslo - Revolver NO
May 30: Aalborg - Studenterhuset DK
May 31: Copenhagen - KB18 kødboderne DK
June 01: Gothenburg Skjul FyraSex SE
June 03: Berlin-Venue TBA
June 05 Hamburg, Kampnagel - Internationales Zentrum für schönere Künste DE
June 06 Krefeld - KuFa Krefeld DE (only show in Northrhine-Westphalia so Cologne/Dusseldorf/Dortmund/Essen/Bonn/Duisburg fans please come along!)