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Perennial tourers and music festival favourites The Waifs are returning to the Sunshine Coast, appearing at the Caloundra Music Festival for the first time.
Donna Simpson, Josh Cunningham and Vikki Thorn

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The Waifs are back

Perennial tourers and music festival favourites The Waifs are returning to the Sunshine Coast, appearing at the Caloundra Music Festival for the first time.

Although they have already visited the Sunshine Coast as part of their Ironbark 25th Anniversary tour, The Waifs are set to return sooner than expected, when they play the Caloundra Music Festival.

The Waifs, featuring Josh Cunningham and sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson, decided they didn’t want the fun on their extensive regional tour to end.

They’ve looped back to cover some smaller regional areas and will slip in between Blue King Brown and John Butler Trio to perform on the Soul Stage at the Caloundra Music Festival later this month.

Mr Cunningham says it will be their debut CMF appearance on September 29 and he is looking forward to experiencing the unique vibe and the outdoor setting at the Kings Beach amphitheatre.

“We have made so many special memories in those kinds of settings over the years, so it will be nice to experience that part of the world,” he says.

The Waifs’ magnetic set will include Higher Ground, the second single from their eighth studio album Ironbark, which earned them their first ARIA number one, the icing on the cake for their 25th anniversary celebrations on top of two sold out tours in 2017.

“It’s been a very eventful year for me, with lots of big heavy things on the personal front, but we are moving in the right direction and the tour is a bright spark for all of us,” he says.

“When you live in a beautiful part of the world with a nice climate, it rubs off on the psyche of the people there and the Sunshine Coast is a happy, positive place.”

Mr Cunningham says while their early touring days consisted of the trio piling into the HiAce and driving to various towns around the country, they now all have families and their touring has to be more concise and efficient.

“It’s hard for me to be away from family too often or for too long,” he says.

“But I am looking forward to catching some music and reuniting with friends at the festival.

“Both acts either side of us are good friends of ours and we don’t see much of each other unless we are at a festival and we can spend some time together after our sets.

“There may also be some Waifs kiddies in the crowd, we’re not too sure yet.”

There will also be plenty of other ‘kiddies’ and their families enjoying another stellar line-up for the 12th annual festival, which is on from September 28 to October 1.

The beautiful Kings Beach and surrounds will be home to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of Australian music as well as renowned international artists.

The headliners include Birds of Tokyo, Daryl Braithwaite, The Living End, Seth Sentry, The Temper Trap, The Screaming Jets and many more.

To discover the full line-up and buy your tickets, visit caloundramusicfestival.com.au.

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Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.

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