Bikini Kill reuniting for select shows
[photo by Tammy Rae Carland]

Bikini Kill recently announced their reunion, and tickets sold really, really quick—in literally one second. Although fans were obviously excited, apparently most buyers were scalpers and bots.

Not long after the tickets went on sale, fans found them on resale sites for up to nine times their face value. Now, the band shared a statement apologizing for the issue and saying they’re working on a solution to protect fans.

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On Jan. 15, Bikini Kill announced three reunion shows in New York and Los Angeles. The tickets, originally priced between 40 and 45 dollars, sold out in a few seconds.

However, three days later, some tickets were already on resale sites, such as StubHub. At the time, the cheapest ticket was selling at $104. The most expensive cost $775, which is over 17 times the original price.

Fans were obviously not happy, citing the irony of ticket scalpers selling out a riot grrrl band’s show. Plus, many criticized the group for  not taking the proper precautions against ticket bots and scalpers.

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After a few days of silence, the band shared a statement on their website, apologizing for the problems and saying they’re working on a solution.

“Hi everyone, we wanted to apologize to anyone who had a bad experience trying to get tickets to our upcoming shows,” the band writes. “Also as soon as we realized there were problems we tried to put as many obstacles in front of scalpers as we could and are trying to figure out a better solution going forward.”

You can read the statement in full below:

“Hi everyone, we wanted to apologize to anyone who had a bad experience trying to get tickets to our upcoming shows. We weren’t aware of the pre-sale for people with a certain credit card in NY until it was too late and that will not happen in the future. Also as soon as we realized there were problems we tried to put as many obstacles in front of scalpers as we could and are trying to figure out a better solution going forward. Thanks for all the interest and support of these shows – it is beyond anything we expected and we are excited to play for you!”

Bikini Kill will be reuniting for four select shows in New York and Los Angeles. The lineup includes Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Tobi Vail on drums, Kathi Wilcox on bass and Erica Dawn Lyle on guitar.

Bikini Kill tour dates

04/25 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
04/26 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
05/31 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
06/01 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5

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