The Waifs "Up All Night" 20th Anniversary Tour
93 Mitchell Street
Darwin City NT 0800
Australia’s The Waifs - folk heroes, and fully independent trailblazers - are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their breakthrough album Up All Night with a massive tour of Australia, heading to every corner and crevice of this big land! The Waifs have
continued to forge an independent path over their 30-year career and show no sign of slowing down.
On this special night the band will play the full album from beginning to end and then share other fan favourites.
The Waifs will celebrate this tour with the limited edition, signed release of Up All Night on vinyl, which can be purchased as part of a VIP package with bonus poster and concert lanyard.
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!
Select the A-Reserve + Merch Bundle ticket to include a signed poster, Up All Night vinyl and lanyard.