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The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Tony Bourke, Donna Simpson, Ben Franz Josh Cunningham, David Ross Macdonald, Vikki Thorn (Image: Chris Neave)

The Waifs’ ‘Up All Night’ 20th Anniversary: Reliving Hits & Heartfelt Stories

The Waifs, a West Australian band that has been in existence for an impressive 30 years, took the stage at the State Theatre in Sydney on Saturday night. The concert was a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, “Up All Night.” Despite their long and successful career, the band continues to captivate audiences with their exceptional stage presence and musical prowess, honed through countless tours and extensive experience performing across the country.

The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Ben Franz Josh Cunningham, Vikki Thorn, David Ross Macdonald (Image: Chris Neave)
The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Ben Franz Josh Cunningham, Vikki Thorn, David Ross Macdonald (Image: Chris Neave)

The Unforgettable Performance

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the band’s decision to perform “Up All Night” in its entirety. Lead vocalist Vikki Thorn mentioned that some songs were highly requested, while others were rarely brought up by fans. The crowd eagerly anticipated their most famous track, “London Still”. To add a humorous touch, Donna Simpson, another member of the band, shared a delightful anecdote about her realization of aging when a hipster neighbor admitted he had never heard the song, as he was only five years old in 2003.

Donna Simpson of The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (Image: Chris Neave)
Donna Simpson of The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (Image: Chris Neave)

Engaging the Audience

The Waifs created an incredibly entertaining and relaxed atmosphere by sharing stories and interacting with the audience throughout the concert. Despite being in the prestigious State Theatre, the band encouraged the crowd to let loose and enjoy themselves. This easy synergy between the performers and the appreciative audience fostered a sense of celebration not only for a single album but for the band’s entire career. The enduring appeal of their folk rock music was evident as the State Theatre sold out, proving that their success extends far beyond the hits of “London Still” and “Up All Night.”

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Josh Cunningham of The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (Image: Chris Neave)
Josh Cunningham of The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (Image: Chris Neave)

A Remarkable Career

With three decades of experience under their belts, The Waifs have continuously impressed audiences and filled venues around Australia. Their ability to connect with listeners through heartfelt lyrics and soulful melodies has ensured their longevity in the music industry. Despite the passage of time, their music has retained its allure, allowing them to consistently draw large crowds to concerts like the one at the State Theatre.

The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Ben Franz Josh Cunningham, David Ross Macdonald, Vikki Thorn (Image: Chris Neave)
The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Ben Franz Josh Cunningham, David Ross Macdonald, Vikki Thorn (Image: Chris Neave)

TLDR

If you have the chance to catch The Waifs on their Australian Tour, don’t miss out. Their recent performance at the State Theatre, Sydney, celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Up All Night,” showcased the band’s remarkable talent and their enduring appeal. The Waifs’ captivating stage presence, coupled with their tight-knit musical abilities, demonstrated the result of years of hard work and dedication. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to their music, attending one of their concerts promises an unforgettable experience.

The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Josh Cunningham, Vikki Thorn (Image: Chris Neave)
The Waifs pictured at The State Theatre, Sydney. 15/07/23 (L-R) Donna Simpson, Josh Cunningham, Vikki Thorn (Image: Chris Neave)

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