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Babes in Toyland add more U.S. fest and club dates

Currently in Europe for a two-week stint around Spain's Primavera Festival ahead of their June 21 hometown date at Rock the Garden, Minneapolis roar-rock legends Babes in Toyland will expand their reunion run to include a series of U.S. club and festival gigs in late August and September.  

The new itinerary -- announced this morning -- will kick off Aug. 27 and 28 at mid-size clubs in St. Louis and Kansas City, respectively. Babes will go on to hit Seattle’s popular Bumbershoot Festival on Sept. 5 and then the Pop Montreal International Festival in Canada on Sept. 19. Tickets for most of the shows are due on sale Friday morning. See the full itinerary below.

Maureen Herman at Babes in Toyland's first reunion gig in February at Pappy & Harriet's near Joshua Tree, Calif. / Guillermo Prieto, Special to the Star Tribune

Maureen Herman at Babes in Toyland's first reunion gig in February at Pappy & Harriet's near Joshua Tree, Calif. / Guillermo Prieto, Special to the Star Tribune

The band members have said all along they won’t be doing a full-blown, two-month, get-in-the-van kind of tour because of bassist Maureen Herman’s parental duties. Hence the patchwork timing of these dates. However, the fact that they keep adding shows confirms their many statements about how much fun they've been having since playing their first reunion shows in California back in February.

We should know after Rock the Garden whether or not a second Twin Cities gig might get added to that itinerary. The members have expressed interest in playing First Ave again in our conversations with them – and First Ave obviously would love to have them, too.

Babes in Toyland North American tour dates:

  • June 21    Minneapolis, MN     Rock The Garden
  • August 27     St. Louis, MO     The Firebird
  • August 28     Kansas City, MO     The Riot Room
  • September 1     Salt Lake City, UT      Urban Lounge
  • September 3     Portland, OR     Mississippi Studios
  • September 4     Vancouver, BC     Biltmore Cabaret
  • September 5     Seattle, WA     Bumbershoot Festival
  • September 15     Covington, KY     Madison Theatre
  • September 17     New York, NY     Irving Plaza
  • September 19     Montreal, QC     Pop Montreal International Music Festival

European tour dates:

  • May 26     London, UK     02 Shepherds Bush Empire
  • May 27     Manchester, UK     Manchester Gorilla
  • May 28     Glasgow, UK     Oran Mor
  • May 29     Barcelona, Spain     Primavera Sound Festival
  • June 1     Milan, Italy     Lo Fi Club
  • June 3     Ravenna, Italy     Beaches Brew Festival
  • June 6     Porto, Portugal     Primavera Sound Festival

Soundset 2015 already declared a sell-out, schedule released

Fans got very into Nas during last year's Soundset, the first year the festival sold out. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Fans got very into Nas during last year's Soundset, the first year the festival sold out. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

For the second year in a row and only the second time ever, tickets to Soundset have sold out before the day of the show. Organizers of the eighth annual hip-hop festival -- landing again Sunday outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee -- announced the sell-out Friday via Twitter, where they also warned fans away from buying third-party resale tickets because they “can't always guarantee they are real.”

Thus, Soundset will once again stand as this summer’s biggest music festival in the Twin Cities and one of the biggest all-hip-hop events in the country, with around 30,000 people expected to roll through the gates starting at 11 a.m. Go to for transit options and other general information. Fans also may want to check the weather reports and plan ahead, because it's not looking too pretty.

J. Cole

J. Cole

For only the second time in the festival’s history, the day’s schedule (also issued online Friday) does not end with the hosting hometown group, Atmosphere. Instead, Jay Z’s protégé J. Cole and hip-hop legend Ice Cube will finish off the lineup on the side-by-side main stages, while Atmosphere’s Rhymesayers mate Brother Ali will top off the music on the secondary Fifth Element stage.

Here’s the full schedule for the day. See our Ice Cube interview and "Get to Know" profiles on the lesser-known acts at

MAIN STAGE - EAST - Hosted by Sway

11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Stage One
12:30p - 1:00p: deM atlaS
1:30p - 2:00p: Dessa
2:35p - 3:10p: Dilated Peoples
3:50p - 4:30p: Logic
5:15p - 6:00p: Big Sean
7:00p - 8:00p: Ice Cube

MAIN STAGE - WEST - Hosted by Sway

12:00p - 12:30p: Watsky
1:00p - 1:30p: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities
2:00p - 2:35p: Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies & the Underachievers)
3:10p - 3:50p: Yelawolf
4:30p - 5:15p: Ludacris
6:00p - 7:00p: Atmosphere
8:00p - 9:00p: J.Cole

FIFTH ELEMENT - Hosted by St. Paul Slim

11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Adatrak
12:00p - 12:20p: Manny Phesto
12:20p - 12:40p: Freez w/ DJ Willie Shu
12:40p - 1:00p: Set The Smith
1:00p - 1:20p: G.L.A.M.
1:20p - 1:40p: Sean Anonymous
1:40p - 2:00p: Chester Watson
2:00p - 2:30p: SonReal
2:30p - 3:00p: Sa-Roc
3:00p - 3:30p: B. Dolan
3:30p - 4:00p: Father
4:00p - 4:30p: Vince Staples
4:30p - 5:05p: Smif-N-Wessun
5:05p - 5:40p: Hopsin
5:40p - 6:15p: Vic Mensa
6:15p - 7:00p: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
7:00p - 8:00p: Brother Ali


11:00a - 12:00p: DJ Str8reppin
12:00p - 1:30p: Last of The Record Buyers with Exile
1:30p - 2:30p: DJ Eclipse
2:30p - 3:30p: DJ Jazzy Jay
3:30p - 4:30p: DJ Babu
4:30p - 5:00p: DJ Supreme La Rock
5:00p - 5:30p: Seven To Smoke Solo Battle + DJ Supreme La Rock
5:30p - 5:55p: Exhibition (8 vs 8 Battle) + DJ Lean Rock
5:55p - 6:10p: DJ Lean Rock
6:10p - 6:20p: Top 4 (3 vs 3 Battle) + DJ Lean Rock
6:20p - 6:25p: Power Moves Battle + DJ Lean Rock
6:25p - 6:30p: Final Battle + DJ Lean Rock

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