The Rubens announce festival at Camden's Onslow Oval

Home festival: The Rubens (Elliott Margin, Sam Margin, Zaac Margin, Will Zeglis and Scott Baldwin) are hosting a festival. Picture: Jess Layt

Home festival: The Rubens (Elliott Margin, Sam Margin, Zaac Margin, Will Zeglis and Scott Baldwin) are hosting a festival. Picture: Jess Layt

The Rubens are proud to call Macarthur home - and they want everyone to know it.

The five-piece, who spring from Menangle and came out of Macarthur Anglican School at Cobbitty, are always showing love to their home region, and even record their music in a converted bunker near Camden Airport.

But their biggest frontier is still ahead - an exciting new festival called ValleyWays, coming to Camden's Onslow Oval in February.

"It's a festival put on by us, but not about us," lead singer Sam Margin told the Advertiser. "It's about Camden, where we grew up, it's about this greater area.

"We're trying to give back a little bit and provide something that has been missing since Secret Garden left."

The past year has been a big one for The Rubens - they celebrated the release of their fourth album 0202, which topped the ARIA charts, received AMP and ARIA Award nominations, saw several songs read platinum and gold status and started a tour.

And with 2022 marking one decade since the band's self-titled debut album, the year is setting up to be another one for the record books.

In addition to The Rubens, ValleyWays will feature the "top-tier" line-up of Skegss, Middle Kids, Slowly Slowly, BLESSED, Stevan, Becca Hatch, Hollie Col, The Dardie Shades and Grace Amos.

There will also be a spot up for grabs, with triple j Unearthed giving one lucky artist or band the chance to join the ValleyWays schedule. More details will be announced in January.

The festival will see local food and drink also celebrated alongside the musical entertainment.

The Rubens have been working on ValleyWays for three years.

"We did a show at Camden Civic Centre to launch our third record, Lo La Ru, and that sold our really quick," keyboardist Elliott Margin said. "We realised there's no live music that happens on a bigger scale in Camden, and never really in Camden either. We thought, why can't we make that happen? So for three years we've been having meetings and making this happen. COVID put the breaks on it a few times but we've now found the window - February 19."

The band see ValleyWays becoming an annual affair, something locals won't have to hop on the train to visit.

"Camden is home," drummer Scott Baldwin said.

"We've all grown up here. I haven't left yet. We just want people to come here and experience it. That's one of the reasons we're holding it an Onslow Oval - it's close to the centre and after the festival people can go up the street and visit the pubs, and just enjoy Camden. It's going to be hella fun."

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