Tickets to The Rubens’ one-off Camden show sold out within two hours of going on sale last Thursday.
The Macarthur-based band, which has played internationally, is staging an all-ages gig at Camden Civic Centre later this month as a way of giving back to the community.
The five band members were “stoked” that locals would be able to see them perform.
“It means a lot that hometown locals continue to support us,” bass player Will Zeglis said.
“It’s going to be a very special event and we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate the release of our new album LO LA RU.
“We hope we can get a bigger festival-like event off the ground next year.
“It is encouraging to know that people are keen to support live music in the area.”
Local business owners were pleased the concert sold out, saying it showed there was an appetite among locals for live entertainment.
Argyle Business Collective founder and Camden Hotel manager Andrew Valciukas said having top class entertainment in a venue was a strong drawcard for locals.
“It is an expensive investment for business owners but it is essential to build the local music scene so Camden becomes a quality destination,” he said.
“Venues need bums on seats so they can afford to have local entertainers.
“It is fantastic gesture of The Rubens to come back to perform locally.”
Upstairs at Fred’s owner Steve Wisbey said local performers needed to play at local venues so they build up their fan base.
“I am encouraging people to come out and experience those acts,” he said.
The event on Saturday, June 30 is the band’s way of thanking their families, friends and fans for supporting them during the past seven years.
Band members William Zeglis, Scott Baldwin and Margin brothers Sam, Elliott and Zaac, who grew up around Menangle, will be celebrating the release of their third album LO LA RU on June 29.
Baldwin described the show as “the gig of the year” for the band.
The musicians hope to inspire locals to get out there and pursue music as a career.
“Hopefully our story can inspire other creatives locally to give it a crack and do something they love doing,” Zeglis said.
The Advertiser has two double passes for the 7pm performance to giveaway to lucky readers.
Tell us in 25 words or less why you want attend the gig.
Enter via the form below or mail entries to: The Rubens concert, Fairfax Competitions, Unit 1-3, 1 Elyard Street, Narellan 2567.
Entries close Wednesday, June 20 at midnight.
Full terms and conditions here.