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Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Feb 18 2022

Please note: This event, originally planned to be held Friday 20 March 2020 then moved to Wednesday 25 November 2020 has been rescheduled and will now be taking place on Friday 18 February 2022 at Forum Melbourne. 

Statement from Brian Ritchie/Violent Femmes:

"Violent Femmes Fans! We are all dressed up and nowhere to go. Half the band are in USA and the other half are in Australia. We can’t get together with Covid restrictions in both places. So we’re postponing our long-awaited Australia and New Zeland tour to February 2022. We hope the obstacles will be removed by then. Thanks for your patience and be assured we want to see all of you and play for you when the coast is clear. In the meantime stay safe!" 

Tickets already purchased for the March/November 2020 shows will be valid for the rescheduled date of Friday 18 February 2022. All ticket holders will receive an email from Ticketmaster containing further information.


Rumour has it that upon enrolment into Australian university, students receive a copy of the Violent Femmes eponymous debut. Ten tracks and 36 minutes long, the album features  the universal themes of alienation, isolation, sexual frustration and angst - perfect early adult fodder - via songs such as Gone Daddy Gone, Kiss Off, Add it Up, Please Do Not Go and of course, Blister in the Sun. We don’t know if that rumour is true, of course, but it would go some way in explaining ‘The Femmes’ enduring popularity in our parts.  

And so we welcome Violent Femmes to Australian shores for their first national tour since 2017. This time they come with a brand new album - their 10th - Hotel Last Resort that resides among the among the band’s finest work.

"A Violent Femmes album is always a treat; witty, lucid, self-deprecating, beat-up but ever-reliable…” - Classic Rock

"They’re still fun and vital, and they still know how to make an exit.” - Rolling Stone

“There's something rather comforting about finding them wholly unchanged after four decades and nearly 10 million album sales” - Mojo Magazine

For their 2020 Australian tour the Femmes will present the classics from both Hotel Last Resort and the multi-platinum debut, mixed in with even more goodness from 1984’s Hallowed Ground, 1991’s Gold certified Why Do Birds Sing? and loads more.