“A bold sidestep that could result in the Rubens making a sizeable splash overseas.” – The Guardian
The Rubens are a five-piece alternative rock band from Menangle, New South Wales, Australia. The band comprises of the three Margin brothers, Zaac, Sam and Elliott, and long term friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis.
With tremendous backing from triple j and Mushroom Music, their self-titled debut album was released 14 September 2012. It was a resounding success nationally in Australia, where it is now ARIA Certified Platinum. This saw them sell out several national tours, perform at every major Australian music festival, support several major acts (Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, Grouplove), and sell out shows worldwide.
The follow up album Hoops was released 7 August 2015 and debuted at Number 2 on the ARIA charts. The band once more sold out venues all over Australia, playing to crowds of 5000 people a night at venues such as The Hordern Pavilion, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Zoo. The album is ARIA Certified Gold, and title track ‘Hoops’ (triple j Hottest 100 Winner) has been streamed over 40 million times. As of 2019, Hoops is now an ARIA Certified Triple Platinum single.
In October 2017, the band released ‘Million Man’, the first song from their 3rd album, working with credible producers Little Shalimar & Wilder Zoby of Run The Jewels fame. A 27-date global tour for their ‘Million Man’ single saw the band sell out 5 of their North American dates (Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Brooklyn, Chicago) and as well as London and their hometown show at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
In 2018 the band released their third album LO LA RU, debuting at #3 on the ARIA Album Charts, with ‘Million Man’ also receiving ARIA Gold certification and lead single ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’ now certified ARIA Double Platinum. ‘Never Ever’ also won the APRA Rock Work of The Year Award in 2019. At the end of 2018 the band supported PINK on her 42-date arena tour across Australia and New Zealand to huge success, playing in front of 500,000 punters across the tour.
2019 will see the band play main stage at Splendour In The Grass before embarking on a 14-date tour to UK/EU in September.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20
THE AUSSIE BBQ Reeperbahn Festival
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21