The Waifs are delighted to announce an extensive Australian tour spanning from June to September, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Up All Night’.  Each show will see the band play the album in full and a sprinkling of fan favourites. They will be joined by special guests and great friends along the way who have each had their own impact on The Waifs career over the years, including multiple ARIA Award winner Missy Higgins (Melbourne show only), who did her first national tour supporting the original Up All Night album tour in 2003. 
 
To mark this occasion, they will release ‘Up All Night’ on vinyl for the first time with a limited signed edition available as part of a VIP ticket package. 
 
From their inception in 1992 to 2002, The Waifs traversed Australia playing every small town with a local paper, a local radio station, a pub or hall that would host live music, and someone willing to listen, of which there were many! Constant touring laid a broad foundation, musical chemistry, and an approachable relatability through their lyrics solidified a lifelong, dedicated fan base.
 
The original independent avant-garde folk heroes, they released three LPs, self-titled The Waifs (1996), Shelter Me (1998) and Sink or Swim (2000) during that time with the unwavering support of community radio, ABC local and metro radio, street press and local papers.
 
In July 2002, everything changed thanks to their breakthrough single ‘London Still’, "The Waifs' heartfelt, plucked ode to missing home resonated with every Australian that has ever found themselves in a far-flung, cold place somewhere across the globe”, said Junkee in their
 
Greatest Australian Songs Of All Time list. ‘London Still’ caught the ears of the mainstream and youth radio station triple j, who threw it onto high rotation and paved the way for the
following singles ‘Fisherman’s Daughter’ , ‘Lighthouse’,Highway One’ and ultimately their 2003 LP ‘Up All Night’.
 
Recorded between LA and Melbourne, with Canadian producer Mark Howard - (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, U2, Willie Nelson, Neil Yong, REM), and beloved ARIA Award-winning Australian producer, Chris Thompson. ‘Up All Night’ debuted at #3 on the ARIA charts and won four ARIA Awards for Best Blues and Roots Album, Best Independent Album, Engineer of The Year and Producer of The Year for Chris Thompson.
 
‘London Still’ was voted in at #3 on the triple J Hottest 100, and ‘Up All Night’ reached double platinum certification.
 
2003 was an unforgettable year for the band comprising of sold-out international headline tours, being the first Australian band to play New Orleans Jazz Festival, touring with Bob Dylan in Australia and the USA and being named in Rolling Stone’s ‘Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll’ story, that citied their independence and mainstream success as a game changer for musicians in the future.
 
The rest, as they say, is history to be read and to be written!
 
The Waifs continue to forge a proudly independent path 30 years on and show no sign of slowing down. They look forward to seeing you all out on the road to welcome you back or invite you into Waif World!
 

 Double J presents

The Waifs
With guests Josh Pyke, Mick Thomas, Jeff Lang, 
Jordie Lane, Liz Stringer, Felicity Urquhart and more to be announced.
Plus a special Melbourne appearance by Missy Higgins.

  
Thu 1 June @ Queenscliff Town Hal, Queenscliff, VIC
 
Fri 2 June @ Ballarat Civic Hall, Ballarat, VIC
With special guest Jeff Lang
 
Sat 3 June @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
With special guests Jeff Lang & Missy Higgins  
 
Sun 4 June @ Riverlinks Westside Theatre, Shepparton, VIC
With special guest Jeff Lang
 
Wed 7 June @ Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
 
Fri 9 June @ Gippsland Performing Arts Cent, Traralgon, VIC
 
Sat 10 June @ Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC
 
Sun 11 June @ Capitol Theatre, Bendigo,  VIC
 
Tue 13 June @ Lighthouse, Warrnambool, VIC
 
Tues 4 July @ Birdsville Big Red Bash, Simpson Desert, QLD bigredbash.com.au
 
Thur 6 July @ Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD
With special guest TBC
 
Fri 7 July @ Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
With special guest TBC
 
Sat 8 July @ Tanks, Cairns, QLD
With special guest TBC
 
Sun 9 July @ Tanks, Cairns, QLD
With special guest TBC
 
Thur 13 July @ Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
With special guest Josh Pyke
 
Fri 14 July @ Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
With special guest Josh Pyke
 
Sat 15 July @ State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
With special guest Josh Pyke
 
Sun 16 July @ Anitas, Wollongong, NSW
With special guest Josh Pyke
 
Wed 19 July @ The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD
With special guest Mick Thomas 
 
Thur 20 July @ Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
With special guest Mick Thomas 
 
Fri 21 July @Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD - SOLD OUT
With special guest Mick Thomas 
 
Sat 22 July@ Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
With special guest Mick Thomas 
 
Sun 23 July @ Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
With special guest Mick Thomas 
 
Fri 4 August @ Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
With special guest Jordie Lane  
 
Sat 5 August @ The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
With special guest Jordie Lane  
 
Tue 8 August @ Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
With special guests Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham   
 
Wed 9 August @ The Art House. Wyong, NSW
With special guests Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham   
 
Thur 10 August @ Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Cent, Bathurst, NSW
With special guests Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham   
 
Sat 12 August @ Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
With special guest TBC
 
Thur 17 August @ Mundi Mundi Bash, Broken Hill, NSW
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Sat 2 September @ Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Sun 3 September @ Mandurah Performing Arts Cent, Mandurah, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Thu 7 September @ Goldfields Arts Cent, Kalgoorlie, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Fri 8 September @ Esperance Civic Cent, Esperance, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Sat 9 September @ Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Wed 13 September @  Margaret River HEART, Margaret River, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Thur 14 September @ Bunbury Regional Ent Cent, Bunbury, WA
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Sat 16 September @ Queens Park Theatre,  Geraldton, WA  
With special guest Liz Stringer
 
Fri 22   September @ Darwin Ent Cent, Darwin, NT
With special guest TBC
 
Sun 24 September @ The Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome, WA
With special guest TBC

Pre-Sale Tix On-Sale Thursday, April 20th
General On-Sale Friday, April 21st

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