SHONEN KNIFE in Australia – In their Best Place 2024


As punk as pink can be.

Naoko, Atsuko and Risa make the sugar rush for the stage as these gigantors of Japanese astropop punk fire up their quatro decade plus power packs and rocket to their best place… Australia 2024, when they will rocket around the country for a 9-date tour, marking the band’s sixth tour of the country since their first in 1997. Hey ho day glo! “This is amongst my all time favourite live shows. I can’t remember the last time a live band made me quite this fucking happy. Whatever happened tonight needs to be bottled as it would solve all the world’s problems, five stars is not enough to say just how much I enjoyed this show. Please come back soon.” –

Since their humble DIY beginnings in late 1981, Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of rock enthusiasts and alternative rock elite, their relentless journey securing the band’s place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage. The rock and roll dreams of three girls blossomed into a reality and the trio continues now into its 43rd year of international touring and recording with their 20th release Our Best Place released early ’23! 

TOURism and Consume presents
SHONEN KNIFE in Australia 
In their Best Place 2024


WED 21 FEB – gold coast kombumerri VINNIE’S DIVE BAR

plus special guestsDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at

THUR 22 FEB – brisbane meanjin FELON’S BARREL HALL

plus special guestsDoors 7.30pm. Tickets at

FRI 23 FEB – canberra ngunnawal ngambri THE BASEMENT

plus special guests

Doors 7.00pm. Tickets at

SAT 24 FEB – sydney gadigal CROWBAR

plus special guests

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets at

SUN 25 FEB – hobart nipaluna MONA FOMA


WED 28 FEB – melbourne naarm THE CORNER

plus special guests

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets at

THUR 29 FEB – adelaide kaurna THE GOV

plus special guests

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets at

FRI 1 MAR – margaret river wadandi THE RIVER

plus special guests

Doors 9.00pm. Tickets at

SAT 2 MAR – perth boorloo MILK BAR
plus special guests

Doors 7.00pm. Tickets at

SHONEN KNIFE Our Best Place OUT NOW on digital, CD and VINYL – VALVE/MGM

Shonen Knife (meaning “Boy Knife” in Japanese) is an all-female Japanese pop punk band formed in Osaka, in 1981.  Heavily influenced by 1960s girl groups, pop bands, The Beach Boys, and early punk rock bands, such as the Ramones, the trio crafts stripped-down songs with simplistic lyrics sung both in Japanese and English. They continue to be the most internationally recognized name in Japanese Rock, the indie darlings of hipsters and rock stars alike, thirty-three years since Naoko and the band began releasing albums of their joyous mixture of pop, punk, food and fantasy for the world to enjoy. Since their inception featuring Naoko’s sister Atsuko and their friend, bassist/vocalist Michie, through to their varied lineup changes featuring current drummer Risa, SK have maintained their rightful place in the ever changing indie rock scene. Despite their pop-oriented nature, the trio maintains a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal ’90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross. The band has been credited with making “the international pop underground more international” by “opening it up to bands from Japan”. They have also performed as a Ramones tribute band under the name The Osaka Ramones and have recorded music for numerous films including the theme song to the popular “PowerPuff Girls” cartoon series. Shonen Knife has toured worldwide playing their unique brand of sugar-pop-rock touring in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Thailand and thickening their rich syrup as a band with each and every release.

 “Authentic, moving and daft, and the true heirs to the Ramones, Shonen Knife are just great.” – Classic Rock Magazine

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