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Shonen Knife Returning To New Zealand In March

Shonen Knife Returning To New Zealand In March

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 14th November, 2023 11:00AM

Absolute legends of Japanese pop-punk Shonen Knife have announced their majestic return to Aotearoa, treating local fans to headline gigs in Tāmaki Makaurau, Waiheke Island, Raglan and Te Whanganui-a-Tara this coming March. Creators of such tremendously catchy anthems as 'Lazybone', 'Tomato Head', 'Twist Barbie' and 'Capybara', plus making the world safe for songs about snacks with 'I Wanna Eat Chocobars', 'Banana Chips', and 'Sweet Candy Power' across 20 (!) albums — including 2023's new Our Best Place — Shonen Knife have been revered as real deal punk rock originals since their formation in Osaka in 1981. Counting Kurt Cobain amongst their legions of devotees (EU tour mates Nirvana would play 'Twist Barbie' live), make your pilgrimage and dance your butt off with Atsuko Yamano, Risa Kawano and Naoko Shibata at the following dates, brought to you by Susie Says!...

Shonen Knife

Wednesday 6th March - Waiheke Island, Artworks*
Thursday 7th March - San Fran, Wellington*
Friday 8th March - Yot Club, Raglan
Saturday 9th March - Whammy Bar, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR
*Waiheke Island and Wellington tickets at

Feel the rush of the title track to Shonen Knife's 2019 album Sweet Candy Power...

Sing along with 'Lazybone' from Shonen Knife's 1991 album 712...

Here's Shonen Knife's kick ass video for 'Tomato Head' from 1993's Rock Animals...

Press release:

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 42nd year of international touring and recording, with their 20th release Our Best Place released in early 2023!


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Shonen Knife
Wed 6th Mar 7:00pm
Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island
Shonen Knife
Fri 8th Mar 8:00pm
The Yot Club, Raglan
Shonen Knife
Sat 9th Mar 8:00pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland