The Rubens

The Rubens have been confirmed as the first act to perform in the critically acclaimed MTV Unplugged Melbourne concert series in 2019.

The news comes off the back of two tracks from their current album LO LA RU ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’and ‘God Forgot’ placing at #21 and #32 respectively in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown.

“We were up in Queensland playing Holy Green Festival at the pointy end of the hottest countdown known to man. Our guitar tech ran on stage to tell us the results as they were coming in, which we could share with the crowd there and then. We really gotta say we are stoked that so many people love our music and continue to vote and support us three albums deep. Thanks to triple j and our lovely fans for the support. Congrats Ocean Alley. Absolute tune.” – Scott Baldwin, The Rubens

The Rubens become the fourth Australian artist to be featured on MTV Unplugged Melbourne, joining Gang of Youths, Amy Shark and DMA’S, and the first to be featured in 2019. The intimate fan event will be filmed in front of a live audience on Thursday 28 of February at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda.

“We never expected to be able to quit our day jobs, so to be asked to play a set for MTV Unplugged Melbourne, at the iconic music venue, The Esplanade Hotel, is an incredible milestone for us. We look forward to bringing this show to life.” – The Rubens

2019 is already shaping up to be a big year for the band, who have also confirmed a headline North American tour, where they’ll play to fans across LA, San Fran, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and Brooklyn.

Since the release of their Platinum ARIA Accredited self-titled debut album in 2012, Gold ARIA Accredited Hoops in 2015 and their recent third studio album, LO LA RU, The Rubens have been a mainstay on both the album and single charts with hits such as the triple j Hottest 100 #1 single ‘Hoops’, ‘Halluejah’, ‘Lay It Down’, ‘My Gun’, and most recently, LO LA RU’s ‘Million Man’, ‘God Forgot’ and the ARIA Accredited platinum hit, ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’.

2018 also proved to be The Rubens’ biggest year to date, releasing LO LA RU in June and debuting at number 3 on the ARIA charts. They have undertaken a mammoth worldwide headline tour across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe and most recently supported P!NK on her massive 42-date sell out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.

MTV Unplugged Melbourne: The Rubens will be the fourth episode of the Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning MTV Unplugged franchise filmed in Australia. MTV Unplugged Melbourne, presented by Vodka O, is a series of special televised events showcasing the best local talent on a world stage. MTV Unplugged Melbourne is filmed in venues around Australia’s home of live music, Melbourne, hosted by Visit Victoria.

The Rubens will broadcast in March only on MTV on Foxtel and Fetch.

Tickets via

4/1 | Los Angeles | The Moroccan Lounge
4/3 | San Francisco | Rickshaw Stop
4/4 | Portland | Doug Fir Lounge
4/5 | Seattle | Barboza
4/6 | Vancouver | Imperial Vancouver
4/8 | Toronto | Velvet Underground
4/10 | Brooklyn | Music Hall of Williamsburg |
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