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The Waifs Postpone Gig After Singer Donna Simpson Suffers Broken Ribs, Collapsed Lungs

8 November 2023 | 10:39 am | Mary Varvaris

"Four broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, and a bunch of bruises later, I have realised E Scooters and I don’t mix."

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The Waifs have postponed this Friday’s gig at Geelong’s Performing Arts Centre (10 November) to Friday, 8 March 2024, after singer and guitarist Donna Simpson suffered injuries from an e-scooter accident and is currently unable to fly.

The band will play without Simpson at this Saturday’s Handpicked Festival in Adelaide, hosting a special four-piece set from Vikki, Josh, Ben and Dave.

The accident occurred after the band’s most recent show in Broome. “Four broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, and a bunch of bruises later, I have realised E Scooters and I don’t mix,” Simpson commented in a press release.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Royal Flying Doctors service who got me swiftly and safely to Perth. And all of the staff at Broome Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital for looking after me so well.”

Simpson continued, “I am resting and recovering well and will be ready to go in time for Day On The Green in December. I am sorry to miss everyone at Handpicked this weekend, but am confident my little sister, Josh, Dave and Ben will deliver you all a stunning set without me. Not as good as my set without her at Blues Fest, but close!”

Those who had tickets to The Waifs’ show in Geelong this weekend can hold onto their tickets for the new March date, as those tickets remain valid and now mark the final show on the group’s Up All Night 20th Anniversary Tour across Australia.

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Ticketholders who can’t make it to the new date can get a refund by emailing the Geelong Arts Centre Box Office before Monday, 4 December, and providing their booking/order reference number and the credit card used to purchase to be automatically refunded.

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With guests TBC (Geelong) & Josh Pyke (Fremantle)

Sat 11 November          Handpicked                                          Adelaide                       SA
Tickets via the Handpicked website

Sat 2 December            A Day On The Green                             Mount Cotton               QLD
Tickets via A Day On The Green

Sat 13 January             3 Oceans Winery                                  Metricup                      WA
Supporting The Teskey Brothers  

Sat 20 January             Fremantle Arts Centre  SELLING FAST    Fremantle                    WA
With Guest Josh Pyke - tickets from thewaifs.com

Sat 17 February            Twilight At Taronga                              Mosman                       NSW
Tickets via the Twilight At Taronga website

Fri 8 March                   Geelong Performing Arts Cent               Geelong                        VIC
With special guests TBC - tickets from thewaifs.com

Sat 9 March                 SummerSalt                                          Hervey Bay                   QLD     
Pre-sale tickets here.