Shaking the Habitual Tour

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Shaking the Habitual Tour
Tour by The Knife
Shaking the habitual tour.png
Promotional tour poster
Associated album Shaking the Habitual
Start date April 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
End date November 8, 2014 (2014-11-08)
No. of shows 50
The Knife concert chronology

The Shaking The Habitual Tour is a concert tour by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife in support of their album Shaking the Habitual. It is their first live appearance in seven years since the Silent Shout Tour in 2006, as well as their final tour.[1]


When asked about the live shows in interviews The Knife had repeatedly been unforthcoming. Filter asked 'Can you tell us what the live show will be like?' and Karin responded 'That is a huge secret'.[2] It was, however revealed in an interview with The Guardian that the live shows have 'been devised in collaboration with an all-female collective of choreographers and set designers'.[3] Dreijer-Andersson also told SPIN "it has to be fun, and we should enjoy the process. I think we will show some humor in our live show".[4]

On 22 April 2013 The Knife posted details about the show on their website[5] revealing that a handful of the European shows would begin with 'DEEP Aerobics' (short for "Death Electro Emo Protest Aerobics") and the shows in Stockholm with Cool Pans, "the biggest steel band in Scandinavia" and "Danceoke", organized by artist collective and feminist support group Öfa-Kollektivet.[6]

The post also identified the members of Shaking The Habitual Show Team (aka Sorkklubben):

Adena Asovic, Anna Efraimsson, Andrea Svensson, Bella Rune, Erika Niklasson, Halla Olafsdottir, Iwa Herdensjö, Jonas Nobel, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Kim Einarsson, Jesper Ekholm Strömbäck, Laura Davis, Lotje Horvers, Lucie Barinkova, Marcus Baldemar, Maryam Nikandish, Nicole Lattimore, Olof Dreijer, Rami Jawhari Jansson, Sharon ‘Bamo’ Bampton, Stina Nyberg, SUTODA, Thomas Romlöv and Zoë Poluch.[7]

Set list[edit]

Some songs are played live while others are live recordings or album tracks which the group dance to.

2013 Setlist

Title Type
A Cherry on Top Live
Raging Lung Live
Bird Live Recording Playback
Without You My Life Would Be Boring Live Recording Playback
A Tooth for an Eye Studio Album Playback
One Hit Studio Album Playback
Networking Studio Album Playback
Wrap Your Arms Around Me Live
Ready to Lose Live
Got 2 Let U Live Recording Playback
Full of Fire Studio Album Playback
Stay Out Here Studio Album Playback
Silent Shout Live

2014 Setlist

Title Type
Wrap Your Arms Around Me Live
Raging Lung Live
We Share Our Mother's Health Live
Bird Live Recording Playback
Without You My Life Would Be Boring Live Recording Playback
A Tooth for an Eye Live?
One Hit Studio Album Playback
Full of Fire Live
Collective Body Possum (Poem) Spoken Word
Ready to Lose Live
Pass This On (performed with Shannon Funchess) Live
Stay Out Here (performed with Shannon Funchess) Live
Silent Shout Live


Critical reception[edit]

The live show has received positive to mixed reviews from critics and fans. The Independent praised and defended the show, giving it 5 out of 5 stars noting that "some people just can’t stand to have their boundaries gently nuzzled, let alone pushed" and "The Knife have caused uproar merely by... taking themselves out of centre stage".[13] The Quietus called the show "a triumph of displacement and mistaken identity" emphasising "performance's endless capacity for disruption".[14] The Guardian said "far from a joyless exercise in conceptualism, this is an absurdist sci-fi rave, complete with retro-futurist instruments, strobe lights and glow-sticks".[15]

The Evening Standard gave the show 2 stars out of 5 saying "The Knife’s comeback defied expectations, and was frequently fun, but mostly it felt like the joke was on us".[16] MTV said "'challenging', unconventional' and even 'uncomfortable' are all things we have come to not only expect but demand from The Knife, but tonight's performance ultimately just failed to cut it".[17] Some fans left negative reviews on calling it "an amateurish dance show".[18]

In an interview with The Quietus, Olof Dreijer of The Knife responded to the criticism, saying "We are on stage like this - if people don't like that, it's fine" and "it's important to say that many of the things we do on stage have previously been done within the comfort zone of the queer community. We have years of drag, voguing and miming behind us - but they have been done within a group that wants that and reconfirms it. Whereas now The Knife have ended up in a bit more of a mainstream situation where there are people outside this comfort zone, who might not be socialist or feminist or queer. It's not so strange for us.[19]

Tour dates[edit]

Date[20] City Country Venue Opener DJ Set
April 26, 2013 Bremen Germany Pier 2 Deep Aerobics
April 27, 2013 Hamburg Docks
April 29, 2013 Milan Italy Alcatraz
April 30, 2013 Zürich Switzerland Komplex 457
May 1, 2013 Munich Germany Muffathalle
May 2, 2013 Cologne E-Werk
May 4, 2013 Paris France Cité de la Musique
May 5, 2013 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
May 6, 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso Shinedoe
May 8, 2013 London United Kingdom Roundhouse Deep Aerobics Hannah Holland
May 9, 2013
May 11, 2013 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle rRoxymore
May 12, 2013 Copenhagen Denmark Vega Deep Aerobics Pernille Krog Mogensen
May 13, 2013
May 15, 2013 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
May 16, 2013 Stockholm Sweden Hangaren Subtopia Cool Pans & Danceoke Lemieux
May 17, 2013 Lemieux & Jin Mustafa
May 24, 2013 Barcelona Spain Primavera Sound
June 14, 2013 Aarhus Denmark Northside Festival
July 19, 2013 Gräfenhainichen Germany Melt! Festival Deep Aerobics
August 7, 2013 Helsinki Finland Flow Festival
August 9, 2013 Gothenburg Sweden Way Out West Deep Aerobics
August 10, 2013 Oslo Norway Øyafestivalen
August 15, 2013 Paredes de Coura Portugal Festival Vodafone Paredes de Coura
August 17, 2013 Kiewit Belgium Pukkelpop Deep Aerobics in support of Pussy Riot[21]
August 18, 2013 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands
August 30, 2013 Zürich Switzerland Zürich Openair
September 1, 2013 Stradbally Ireland Electric Picnic Deep Aerobics
September 6, 2013 Warsaw Poland Selector Festival
September 7, 2013 Whiteley United Kingdom Bestival
October 31, 2013 Paris France Pitchfork Music Festival
April 9, 2014 Pomona United States Pomona Fox Theater Deep Aerobics
April 11, 2014 Indio Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 15, 2014 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre Deep Aerobics
April 16, 2014
April 18, 2014 Indio Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
April 21, 2014 Denver Fillmore Auditorium Deep Aerobics
April 23, 2014 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
April 25, 2014 Toronto Canada Kool Haus
April 26, 2014 Montreal Métropolis
April 28, 2014 Boston United States House of Blues
April 30, 2014 New York City Terminal 5
May 1, 2014
October 30, 2014 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
October 31, 2014
November 1, 2014 Gothenburg Film Studios
November 3, 2014 Berlin Germany Arena
November 5, 2014 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Academy
November 6, 2014 London Brixton Academy DJ Maryam
November 8, 2014 Reykjavík Iceland Iceland Airwaves


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