Le Tigre Reunite & Announce First UK and European Tour in 18 Years

January 25, 2023
Leeta Harding


Announce first tour in 18 Years
Extensive US and European dates incl. 3 UK shows and
appearances at Primavera Sound (Barcelona, Madrid & Porto)
Tickets On Sale: Friday, January 27

LE TIGRE (Kathleen Hanna, JD Samson, and Johanna Fateman) will bring their joyous, experimental post-riot grrrl antics and conceptual multimedia performance to stages across the globe this summer for the first time in 18 years, reuniting at a time when we need them the most. The beloved trio will kick off their European leg at Primavera Sound Barcelona before a UK run of headline shows, further dates at Primavera’s Madrid and Porto festivals and headline dates in other key cities across Europe. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th – see for details.

Le Tigre Tour Dates:
May 27: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer 
June 1: Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Barcelona 2023
June 3: London, UK @ Troxy
June 5: Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
June 6: Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
June 8:  Madrid, Spain @ Primavera Sound Madrid 2023
June 9: Porto, Portugal @ Nos Primavera Sound Porto 2023
June 11: Paris, France @ Le Trianon 
June 14: Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
June 16: Berlin, Germany @ Huxleys Neue Welt 
June 17: Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
July 1: Oakland, CA @ Mosswood Meltdown Festival 
July 3: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 
July 6: Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
July 7: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater 
July 9: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
July 15: Chicago, IL @ The Salt Shed
July 17: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
July 18: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
July 19: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
July 21: Toronto, ON @ History
July 22: Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
July 24: Boston, MA @ Royale
July 28: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel 

Forming in New York City in 1999—when Rudy Giuliani was mayor and regressive hipster irony ruled— the band abandoned traditional punk instrumentation, pairing drum-machine beats and looped 8-bit samples with the simplest, serrated guitar riffs and call-and-response vocals. Though rage had its place in Le Tigre, the band, with celebratory songs such as “Hot Topic”—a shout-out to queer and feminist artistic inspirations (from David Wojnarowicz and Lorraine O’Grady to Catherine Opie and Vaginal Davis)—was a departure for Kathleen; she was best known as the singer of Bikini Kill, whose fans found feminist catharsis in her scorching vocals. Deceptacon,” the lead track of Le Tigre’s debut, was perhaps an aesthetic bridge between that seductive register of rage and her new band’s dancefloor ambitions. It was later conceived of as music “for the party after the protest.”

The members of Le Tigre shared a vision for multimedia performance, touring with a slide projector in their early days with video later becoming a key component of their live show which fans can still look forward to on the upcoming tour. The band’s final show—until their reunion performance for the This Ain’t No Picnic festival at the Rose Bowl in August 2022—was on September 24, 2005, at the Operation Ceasefire concert at Washington Monument in Washington DC, where they joined a coalition of artists calling for an end to the U.S. war in Iraq.

Recently, Kathleen has been touring with Bikini Kill, running Tees 4 Togo (which sells artist-designed T-shirts to fund the non-profit organization Peace Sisters), and writing a book. JD has a full-time teaching position (as Assistant Arts Professor and Area Head of Performance at The Clive Davis Institute at NYU/Tisch), performs with CRICKETS, and tours with the original live score for the film 32 Sounds, directed by Sam Green. Johanna is an author and art critic who writes regularly for the “Goings on About Town” section of the New Yorker and for 4Columns; she is a contributing editor of Artforum.

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