Amanda Palmer and Mick Harvey form Violent Femmes super group at MONA FOMA

If you are heading down to Hobart for the second half of the MONA FOMA Festival this weekend, you are in for one hell of a treat!

To make up for the cancellation of Death Grips debut Australia tour, Festival Director and Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie will be performing his band’s classic, debut album it its entirety – with a little help from his friends.

Making up the rest of the Femmes super-group will be Amanda Palmer and partner-in-crime Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, legendary former Bad Seed Mick Harvey and PJ Harvey collaborator and guitarist John Parish.

The band will be bringing their own unique twist to Femmes classics like Blister in the Sun and Add It Up on Friday January 20th at PW1, Stage 1 from 10pm.

The performance is included in the Festival Pass ($50) or Day Pass ($25). Buy tickets at the PW1 Box Office or online at

To mark the 20th anniversary of Nevermind last September Ritchie spoke to FasterLouder about his time on the road with Nirvana, and what that album meant to him. You can read his full account here.