The Rubens will be in Gerringong on August 17.

The Rubens.
The Rubens.

Small venues are key to a thriving Australian music industry, according to The Rubens' Elliott Margin.

The band is putting their money where their mouth is, with an upcoming tour focused on country venues like Bathurst, Young ... and Gerringong.

"This is our way of making sure there's still a scene and still an opportunity for young artists to play in front of an audience," Margin said.

There is a different type of energy when the crowd can spill their beer on you

Elliott Margin

"As musicians, that's how we cut our teeth, playing in tiny venues around Sydney, and we're seeing a lot of those tiny venues shut down."

He said the thrill of playing for new audiences made smaller gigs as much fun as bigger shows, like Splendour in the Grass, which the band played last weekend.

"There's a lot of pressure at the bigger shows like Splendour, a lot of money goes into production and lighting," he said.

"There is a different type of energy when the crowd can spill their beer on you - there's a raucous energy we've always loved.

"It's great to have the opportunity to do both of those things only a week apart from each other."

He said the band hoped that playing rural venues would show there was a market for live music outside capital cities.

The Rubens will play Crooked River Winery at Gerringong on August 17, and Margin said the band hoped to make it a family affair.

"It's close to our home town, so we have lots of friends and family coming down," he said.

"We're going to try and do some golf, and then just have fun."

This story The Rubens hit the road to support regional music scene first appeared on South Coast Register.