May 30, 2022

Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend

Seeing the legendary Bikini Kill go off in front of a sold-out crowd at the Plaza Live — as part of a small cluster of first-time shows in Florida — was an energizing experience. More so than almost any of their 1990s peers, here is a band firmly rooted in the current moment with all of the urgency, anger and moments of happiness that entails. Bikini Kill played the hits — "Feels Blind," "Rebel Girl," "Reject All American" — and the multi-generational crowd was there for it. A quote from our recent interview with Bikini Kill guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle kept popping into our heads, summing up the night much better than we could: "The band's presence alone provides an umbrella for multiple generations of women and non-masculine identified people to come together and share the same space with each other, and see each other, and potentially get to know each other and experience together the full spectrum of emotions. From female rage to joy."

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Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman
Everything we saw when Bikini Kill played Orlando this weekend
Photo by Jim Leatherman