Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Hands Off Gretel announce ‘Don’t Touch’ UK tour

Barnsley punk outfit Hands Off Gretel will be touring the UK and Ireland from February to May 2020 to promote their forthcoming EP The Angry, which they plan to release on their label Puke Pop Records.

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Hands Off Gretel formed in 2015 when frontwoman Lauren Tate was 16. The band currently consists of vocalist and guitarist Tate, guitarist Sean Bon, drummer Sam Hobbins and bassist Becky Baldwin. Hands Off Gretel’s sound, which is heavily influenced by 1990s grunge, has drawn comparisons to Hole and Nirvana.

The band’s debut album, Burn the Beauty Queen, was released in 2016. In 2019, the band released their second album, I Want the World, to critical acclaim. They may not yet be a household name, but Hands Off Gretel have already attracted the attention of the likes of Kerrang! magazine and performed at Download Festival.

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Hands Off Gretel’s Spring 2020 tour (a.k.a. ‘Don’t Touch’) includes dates in Sheffield, a close neighbour of Lauren Tate’s hometown Barnsley, as well as a wide selection of other university cities, including London, Brighton, Bristol, and of course, Birmingham, where the band will be performing at O2 Academy3 on May 7th.

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Tickets are available online now, and judging from how tickets sold out for the gigs they played last year, you better snap yours up before it’s too late to avoid disappointment.

See below for a full list of UK tour dates.


14 Voodoo, Belfast
27 Brudenell, Leeds


12 Camden Assembly, London
13 Green Door Store, Brighton
14 Thekla, Bristol
26 Rough Trade, Nottingham
27 Deaf Institute, Manchester
28 Leadmill 2, Sheffield


8 Cobblestones, Bridgwater
9 The Phoenix, Exeter
10 The 1865, Southampton
11 Esquires, Bedford
22 Krakatoa, Aberdeen
23 Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
24 Bannermans, Edinburgh


6 Portland Arms, Cambridge
7 O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
8 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
9 The Tivoli, Buckley
20 The Bullingdon, Oxford
21 The Crescent, York
22 The Waterloo, Blackpool
23 The Cluny, Newcastle

Sarah Staniforth

Sociology student at Uni of Warwick. Victoria Legrand fangirl. I like amplifying marginalised voices in music (female, LGBTQ, etc).