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Up All Night with The Waifs

Beloved Aussie folk rock band The Waifs hit the Territory with shows in Alice Springs this month, and Darwin next, on their national anniversary tour.

By Betty Sweetlove

20 years might seem like a long time, but returning to The Waifs’ 2003 hit album, Up All Night, with their signature folk-rock sound is as captivating as ever.

Arguably the busiest band in Australia this month, The Waifs are midway through an epic national tour celebrating the album’s 20-year anniversary. The raconteur recording included breakthrough singles ‘London Still’, ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘Fisherman’s Journey’, winning the band four ARIA awards upon its release.

The trio are no strangers to the NT, having performed up and down the Stuart Highway in their lengthy career. Founding band member Vikki Thorn says they are excited to be back, with fond memories including busking at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.

“We first toured the NT back in the early 90s and have been coming back ever since – it’s such a unique part of the country and the people reflect that. They love Aussie live music,” she says.

This month’s gig at Araluen Arts Centre sees the band play the album in full plus a handful of fan favourites, which is something Darwinites can look forward to at Darwin Entertainment Centre next month.

With songs evoking the open road, the band’s commitment to touring is how they connect with their vast fanbase.

“I enjoy the long drives, meeting people who want to share their stories and show their appreciation that you came to their town,” says Thorn.

Ticket-buyers can opt to embellish their night with a VIP package and get their hands on some extra-special merch, which includes a limited edition signed copy of Up All Night, lovingly remastered and issued on vinyl for the first time.

Embark on a nostalgic, musical trip back to the noughties, and join The Waifs in celebration of their classic album.

Alice Springs
WHEN SAT 12 AUG | 7.30PM
COST $85

WHEN FRI 22 SEP | 7.30PM
COST $75-$89

Photos: Jarrad Seng

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