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The Best Music Venues In The World According To The Rubens

The Best Music Venues In The World According To The Rubens

Aussie rockers The Rubens are currently gearing up for one of their biggest tours to date in support of their latest album Hoops which dropped last week. They’re heading off on a 22-date tour of Australia starting in WA and stopping at every major city ’til November. The five-piece have spent the past few years reeling from the mammoth success of their debut album Never Be The Same which saw them sell out three Forum Theatres and two Enmore Theatres. 

While the boys get ready to head off in September, we got them to reminisce about their favourite venues they’ve ever played and why. 

#1 Taipei, Taiwan, China

Chosen by: Samuel Margin

We played a festival in Taipei, Taiwan, China. We were the only English speaking act playing and it was awesome and super weird. It was raining and getting swept onto our stage by the wind so we had to cling wrap our instruments. I was getting electric shocks from my guitar. The fans were all wearing matching ponchos and were really receptive even though they didn’t know who we were. Also, the food was amazing! It was an awesome, odd experience.

#2 Darwin Railway Club

Chosen by: Elliott Margin

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One of my favourite venues we’ve played is the Darwin Railway Club, back in 2012. This was before our debut album had come out so we didn’t expect many people to turn up. During the day we had a barbecue, drank beers and got a bit sun-kissed by the pool, not expecting much of that night. The gig ended up being sold out and the crowd was mental. A bonus was that our show fell on ‘Territory Day’, the one day that fireworks are legal in the Northern Territory. We ended the night shooting rockets at each other and blowing stuff up. Good times.

#3 Bunbury

Chosen by: Scott Baldwin

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One of my favourite gigs was a small one in Bunbury. It was the footy final in the area and all the boys were out in this weird fancy dress get up gear kicking on after their footy final and having a killer time. We were all arm wrestling and there was this one guy who could neck a beer in literally a second. Anyway, it was just fun. The crowd was sick and rowdy and knew every word. It was just such a fun time with all of the locals.

I’ve also got to state the obvious and say Splendour In The Grass 2015. It was just such a big deal for us and I felt so stoked to be there in front of so many people that seemed so pumped. It would seriously have to be one of the best experiences of my life so far.

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#4 Hollywood Forever Cemetary

Chosen by: Zaac Margin

One of my favourites was an acoustic show supporting Grouplove at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A lot of famous actors and musicians are buried there, but it’s also a popular music venue. It was such a strange but fun gig.

#5 The Metro

Chosen by: William Zeglis

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(Photo: Elise Derwin)

My favourite gig was our first Metro show in Sydney with all of our friends and family watching. I think I can die a happy man after that one.

The Rubens kick off their mammoth Australian tour on Wednesday the 16th of September at the Prince of Wales in Bunbury and play all across the country over the next three months. For more info on their tour and their latest album Hoops click here

(Photos: supplied)

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