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The Waifs Announce ‘Up All Night’ 20th Anniversary Tour

The Waifs will embark on a lengthy Australian tour in June, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Up All Night. The extensive run will see them performing the album – featuring breakthrough singles ‘London Still’, ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Fisherman’s Journey’ – in its entirety, along with a selection of other favourites.

UPDATE 24/04/2023: Several new shows have been added to The Waifs’ Up All Night anniversary tour. Find details below.

The Waifs – ‘London Still’

The folk-rock band will play a string of Victorian shows in June, including dates in Melbourne, Queenscliff, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool and other cities. The following month, The Waifs will play a mix of metropolitan and regional dates in Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra. Shows in Hobart, Adelaide and the NT will follow in August, with the tour wrapping up in WA in September.

On each date of the tour, The Waifs will be joined by a revolving cast of special guests. Josh Pyke will support four of the band’s shows in July, while Missy Higgins – whose first national tour was supporting The Waifs on their Up All Night run in 2003 – will perform at the Melbourne date on Saturday, 3rd June. Other artists performing on select dates include Liz Stringer, Mick Thomas, Jordie Lane and Jeff Lang. See dates and details below. Tickets are on sale this Friday, 21st April.

Up All Night arrived in January the Waifs’ fourth album, following their self-titled 1996 debut, 1998’s Shelter Me and 2000’s Sink or Swim. The album earned them two ARIA awards in 2003 – Best Independent Release and Best Blues and Roots Album – while producer Christ Thompson won both Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year for his work.

The Waifs have gone on to release four more albums since Up All Night arrived, with the most recent being 2017’s Ironbark.

The Waifs Up All Night 20th Anniversary 2023 Tour

  • Wednesday, 31st May – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff VIC – NEW SHOW
  • Thursday, 1st June – Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff VIC – SOLD OUT
  • Friday, 2nd June – Ballarat Civic Hall, Ballarat VIC (w/ Jeff Lang)
  • Saturday, 3rd June – Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC (w/ Jeff Lang and Missy Higgins) – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, 4th June – Riverlinks Westside Theatre, Shepparton VIC ( w/ Jeff Lang)
  • Wednesday, 7th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC – SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, 8th June – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne VIC – NEW SHOW
  • Friday, 9th June – Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon VIC
  • Saturday, 10th June – Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey VIC – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, 11th June – Capitol Theatre, Bendigo VIC
  • Thursday, 13th June – Lighthouse, Warrnambool VIC – SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, 4th June – Birdsville Big Red Bash, Simpson Desert QLD
  • Thursday, 6th June – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD
  • Friday, 7th June – Dalrympyle Hotel, Townsville QLD
  • Saturday, 8th July – Tanks, Cairns QLD
  • Sunday, 9th June – Tanks, Cairns QLD
  • Thursday, 13th July – Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT (w/ Josh Pyke)
  • Friday, 14th July – Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW (w/ Josh Pyke)
  • Saturday, 15th July – State Theatre, Sydney NSW (w/ Josh Pyke)
  • Sunday, 16th July – Anitas, Wollongong NSW (w/ Josh Pyke)
  • Wednesday, 19th July – Events Centre, Caloundra QLD (w/ Mick Thomas)
  • Thursday, 20th July – Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (w/ Mick Thomas)
  • Friday, 21st July – Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (w/ Mick Thomas) SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, 22nd July – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD (w/ Mick Thomas)
  • Sunday, 23rd July – Miami Marketta, Miami QLD (w/ Mick Thomas)
  • Friday, 4th August – Odeon Theatre, Hobart TAS (w/ Jordie Lane)
  • Saturday, 5th August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA (w/ Jordie Lane) – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, 5th August – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide SA (w/ Jordie Lane) – NEW SHOW
  • Tuesday, 8th August – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth NSW (w/ Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham)
  • Wednesday, 9th August – The Art House, Wyong NSW (w/ Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham )
  • Thursday, 10th August – Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW (w/Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham)
  • Saturday, 12th August – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT
  • Thursday, 17th August – Mundi Mundi Bash, Broken Hill NSW
  • Saturday, 2nd September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA (w/ Liz Stringer) – SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, 3rd September – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Thursday, 7th September – Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Friday, 8th September – Esperance Civic Centre, Esperance WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Saturday, 9th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Sunday, 10th September – Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany WA (w/ Liz Stringer) – NEW SHOW
  • Wednesday, 13th September – Margaret River HEART, Margaret River WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Thursday, 14th September – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Saturday, 16th September – Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton WA (w/ Liz Stringer)
  • Friday, 22nd September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
  • Sunday, 24th September – Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome WA

Tickers on sale Friday, 21st April.

Further Reading

Confessions, Heartbreak & No Regrets: Donna Simpson Looks Back On 25 Years Of The Waifs

Liz Stringer Announces Melbourne Solo Show Ahead of UK Tour

Deni Ute Muster Announces All Australian Lineup for 2023

This article was originally published on 19/04/2023

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