The Rubens on touring emerging artists to combat Sydney’s lockouts
Sydney band The Rubens came up at a time when the local nightlife was a hub of opportunities for emerging acts.
“As a young band we were lucky to cut our teeth and win fans over in many pubs and clubs around Sydney,” the band tells TMN.
Times have changed, and the boys want to afford other acts the same chances they received.
In response to tighter laws around live music and nightlife – including Sydney’s controversial lockouts – The Rubens have been running monthly emerging artist nights at The Botany View Hotel in Newtown.
Now they’re taking things to the next level, establishing a new brand focussed on supporting new and emerging bands.
‘Chucka Buckas‘ was created off the back of the band’s passionate support of the live music scene in NSW, which they expressed at the recent NSW Parliamentary Enquiry into the matter.
The inaugural Chucka Bucka’s Regional Tour is about taking emerging artists on the road to help raise their profile.
“It’s scary to see now how many of those venues have since closed their doors due to changing laws, and scary to think new emerging artists might not get the same opportunities to grow as we did,” says the band.
“To combat this we’re announcing the inaugural Chucka Bucka’s Regional Tour where we give young and emerging artists the chance to expand their reach and get out to new regional touring hubs across NSW.”
The first two artists to tour are rapper, singer and guitarist Milan Ring and monthly Botany night alumni Shady Nasty (who has also been confirmed for BIGSOUND 2019).
They’ll perform alongside The Rubens for nine shows throughout NSW in July and August.
“Joining us will be some of our favourite emerging artists Milan Ringand Shady Nasty, they’re dope and we can’t wait to bring this show to you.”
The Chucka Bucka’s tour kicks off in Bathurst on July 25.
Head to therubensmusic.com for full dates and ticketing details.