The Waifs - The Songs of Your Streets
8th November 2016  

The Waifs jumped in a campervan in the early-‘90s and left their hometown of Albany, Western Australia for a life on the road. For years they trekked around the world playing to adoring audiences wherever they could. 

Since those early days, they have won a swag of ARIA awards and their songs tell a uniquely Australian story about the roads they have travelled and people they have met along the way

This Wednesday, Double J is bringing you a special Ausmusic Month program, The Songs of Your Streets. Hosted by Jacinta Parsons, the program will celebrate how place has influenced the lives and the music of one of Australia’s most celebrated bands.

Join the live studio audience as we jump in the campervan and travel with The Waifs to hear a great yarn and some live songs and explore the places that have been important to them.

Double J presents Songs of Your Streets with The Waifs, an AusMusic Month special. Join us Wednesday 9 November from 7pm AEDT. Listen online, on your digital radio, phone or TV.

Broadcast Times

Sat 12/11, 7-8pm – Perth & WA

Mon 14/11, 8-9pm – Melbourne & VIC

Wed 16/11, 7-8pm – Brisbane & QLD

Wed 16/11, 8-9pm – Hobart & TAS, Darwin & NT, Sydney & NSW, Canberra & ACT

Fri 18/11, 8-9pm – Adelaide & SA

Waifs at Womadelaide
18th October 2016  

The Waifs have just been announced to play 2017's Womadelaide Festival on 11th March 2017.

One of Australia's iconic festivals, WOMADelaide presents four days of the world's best artists, thinkers, dancers and creators in a celebration of music, tolerance, goodwill, cultural curiosity and joy amongst the green oasis of Adelaide's majestic Botanic Park.

"WOMADelaide creates an immersive experience that goes beyond the music. It's a four-day feast for the senses." - The Age

Lost Lands Festival
26th September 2016  

We are really looking forward to playing at LostLands Festival at the Werribee Mansions, just outside of Melbourne, on Saturday October 29th.
It's a new style festival with a strong focus on family.

View the new video on Facebook

The Waifs - Lost Lands
8th August 2016  

We cannot wait to being back in Australia for the Lost Lands Family festival in Werribee, ( just outside Melbourne). This will be our only Australian show for the rest of the year. It's a great line up with Missy Higgins, Tim Rogers and The bamboos and many more.. You can now get in on the presage very special deal. It may only last for 48 hours. One day tickets are $99 for adults and $38 for children , and two day tickets for $160 for adults and $45 for kids. On sale now at

Get a complimentary ticket.

As well as being an amazing festival for adults, The Lost Lands is a great event for kids.
During pre-sale when you purchase an adult ticket (1 or 2 day) you get a child's ticket for free! 
Take your own kids, and if you don't have any, give the tickets to a friend who does. 

Accommodation Give Away

Buy purchasing during the pre-sale period you automatically go in the draw for a complimentary room night at The Werribee Mansion. This is an amazing way to spend a weekend at the festival.

Accommodation - Pre-sale

During pre-sale get access to a very limited number of rooms at the Werribee Mansion. The room price includes Two Adult Tickets to the festival. These are not to be missed and are an incredible way to spend a weekend at the Festival.

The Waifs on Double J
3rd May 2016  

Everything was going pretty well for The Waifs up to 2003.

They had sustained life as a band for over a decade and built up solid followings both at home and overseas. They drew decent crowds to their own shows and dazzled crowds at festivals as big as Bluesfest and the Newport Folk Festival.

But then, in 2003, they released Up All Night. Everything changed.

The album went double platinum. It was nominated for ten ARIA awards and won four of them. "London Still" was voted number three in the Hottest 100 and quickly went on to become an anthem for Aussie expats and backpackers everywhere.

But there's so much more to The Waifs than that. Across seven records and hundreds of live shows, this band has touched so many people and continues to do so.

Sarah Howells looks back at the entire career of The Waifs on The J Files from 8pm AEST on Thursday 5 May.

14th April 2016  

Hi  to old friends and music lovers !  

It’s been a long while since The Waifs did an extensive USA tour so we are excited to announce this  coming April/May tour . Starting at the  "Festival International De Louisiane" next weekend. We have great memories of this free festival celebrating everything French & more. The first  time we walked on stage there was a sign stating LE WAIFS-PARIS. That's Paris, Australia, of course.  If you’ve been looking for an excuse to escape the northern spring we highly recommend flying into this free festival to spend a weekend steeped in cajun culture.   I can taste the crawfish & beer as I write.

Then we head over to Nashville on Sunday Night for a City Winery Show and we’ll be recording a Daytrotter session on Monday,  I’m looking forward to getting into a Nashville studio again cause I’ve written a few country songs since I’ve been out here on the farm. (no tractors or ford trucks I promise) Will post details about where you can hear that. 

Nashville …next stop Chicago. What a life ! I’m getting sweaty palms just writing about it.  We are performing at fantastic venues on the east side…Birchmere VA, Rams Head Annapolis, the Ironhorse in Northhampton and many more, before we head west to Boulder Theatre, CO.   Following that my hometown of Salt Lake City at The State Room, before finishing up in Bremerton  Washington and the famous Freight and Salvage in Berkley. 

We have a few more albums out since you saw us last and we are gearing up for  our 25th anniversary next year with a new release and lots of touring.  

Thanks to our wonderful Agent Anne Marie Martins At SRO artists, everyone at Compass Records in Nashville.  We feel blessed to be writing & performing after so long, we love what we do and are fortunate to be working with such wonderful people who are music lovers & continue to devote their lives to promoting independent artists.

And to all of you who lend theirs ears. Who turn off the screens and enter the dark theaters of life to get lost for a short while in other peoples stories . We thank you and we’ll see you there.

The fame haired rocking  Miss Ruby Boots will be opening the shows with Mr Ben Franz on the lap steel . - See her link below.


City Winery Tour with Ruby Boots
15th February 2016  

The Waifs are pleased to announce 3 new dates appearing at City Winery in Nashville 24th April, Chicago 26th April and New York May 3rd. These shows will be supported by the lovely Ruby Boots.
Tickets available now on our Tour page.

New Shows Announced
18th November 2015  

Australia day Jan 26th HOBART!!
Three of Australia’s most captivating live bands, The Waifs,John Butler Trio and San Cisco will come together exclusively for their Tasmanian fans to deliver a unique concert event at the beautiful and iconic St David’s Park in central Hobart. This special concert will take place on Tuesday January 26th (Australia Day public holiday). Fan pre sale starts tomorrow at 9am

Our last show sold out in just a couple of weeks. We are thrilled to be coming back to Costa Hall to play with our label mates John Butler Trio on Thursday Jan 28th. 
Fans Pre sale tickets available now ;

USA shows - all info on Facebook

More shows announced next Tuesday for OZ.

Beautiful You
11th August 2015  

THE WAIFS have a new album coming out this week, titled "Beautiful You”.  You can listen to new tracks & check out the little video Vikki made for her  new song "Black Dirt Track”. It was recorded back in Jan 2015 in Byron Bay. 

We are excited to be touring in the USA starting his week and we’ll be hitting the east coast of USA in March/ April 2016.  IN  September  we’ll be road tripping up the West Australian Coast. This is where we cut our teeth in the camper van and we’re looking forward to playing in towns that we haven’t visited in many many years.  (Gero & Canarvon !)

Then we’ll cover as much of the rest of Australia in October & November. Due to family commitments there are always a few places that we don’t make it to. Don’t take it personally if your town didn’t make it on the schedule this time  we’ll come back around. We always do !

Hope you enjoy the new tunes. 
See you out there

North American Tour
19th June 2015  

The Waifs are  excited to be touring in North America again.   With a new album due out later this year we are hitting the west coast next week with a run of festivals and theatre dates, including a gig in Vancouver as part of the Jazz Festival.   And we’ll be back for more in August. Check our Facebook or website for details.   This will be our first tour in the North America  in 4 years ! Looking forward to seeing you all again. 


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