Double J presents

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

Sat 10 June @ 7:30PM | Burrinja Theatre



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, including Upwey! On this special night the band will play the full album from beginning to end and then share other fan favourites.



Originally performing Bob Dylan covers in and around bars in their native Australia, the sister duo of Vikki and Donna Simpson were known as COLOURS. Formed in 1992 and touring constantly in their homeland, the pair hooked up with Josh Cunningham and a year later changed their name to The Waifs. From there, the group released a cassette of original material but decided to head for Melbourne, the mecca of Australian music.

A loyal following and hectic touring pace resulted in three albums: the group's self-titled debut in May 1996, March 1998's Shelter Me, and June 2000's Sink or Swim. Folk festivals across the United States and Canada also fell in love with their sweet harmonies and self-described "wholemeal" music. They also shared the stage with such artists as Bob Dylan, Kasey Chambers, and Michelle Shocked.

The Waifs' musical honesty was captured once again with their critically acclaimed follow-up, Up All Night, in the spring of 2003. The album went on to net the group four ARIA awards later that year. In 2004, the (mostly) live double-disc A Brief History... was released, though the Waifs wouldn't deliver their studio follow-up until 2007's Sun Dirt Water. A second live album, Live from the Union of Soul, was released in 2009 documenting their 2008 collaborative tour with labelmates John Butler Trio. Their sixth studio album, Temptation, arrived in 2011, by which time the band's primary members had all settled down in different parts of the U.S. Things remained relatively quiet for the group, with Cunningham releasing his first solo LP, Into Tomorrow, in 2011.

By 2015, the Waifs had resumed touring in anticipation of their seventh album, Beautiful You, which was released later that year. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, they released the double album Ironbark in early 2017, and set out on a major national tour of Australia. In 2023 they will hit the road again in celebrating 30 huge years as a band and the 20th Anniversary of their iconic album Up All Night.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Up All Night’ the Waifs will release the album on vinyl for the first time with a limited collector’s edition available as part of a VIP package, which includes signed vinyl, signed poster and concert lanyard. There is an option to add this VIP package to your ticket, which can be collected from the merch stand on the night of the performance

A Reserve ~ $88.50
A Reserve + VIP Package ~ $163.50 (please note only 20 available)
B Reserve ~ $78.50

Tickets ~ $78.50 - $163.50 ~ SOLD OUT




The Waifs 

The Waifs are an Australian folk rock band, formed in 1992 by sisters Vikki Thorn (harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Donna Simpson (guitar, vocals) as well as Josh Cunningham (guitar, vocals). Their tour and recording band includes Ben Franz (bass) and David Ross Macdonald(drums).