The Rubens to headline music festival at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium

Home: I OH YOU founder Johann Ponniah (left) with The Rubens members William Zeglis, Scott Baldwin and Elliott Margin. Picture: Simon Bennett
Home: I OH YOU founder Johann Ponniah (left) with The Rubens members William Zeglis, Scott Baldwin and Elliott Margin. Picture: Simon Bennett

Forget Splendour in the Grass and Groovin the Moo - the hottest Aussie music festival is right in our backyard.

Homegrown musos The Rubens will headline the very first Out of Bounds festival at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium in January - and they'll be bringing some popular friends along for the ride.

The Menangle band has joined forces with Campbelltown-raised record label founder Johann Ponniah to play at Out of Bounds, where they'll be joined by the likes of Illy, Mallrat, Alex the Astronaut and GRAACE, among others.

Ponniah's I OH YOU label and Frontier Touring will hold the all-ages (15+) festival on January 18 and The Rubens can't wait to play in front of their home crowd.

"Last year we did our own Rubens show at the Camden Civic Centre and that was a big step for us to get music back to Camden," drummer Scott Baldwin said.

"Out of Bounds will be much bigger again - it'll be lots of fun. We've never played a big festival in Macarthur before. We never even did Fisher's Gig."

Ponniah said he wanted to bring live music to Macarthur because he loved his home town and believed the region deserved greater access to top artists.

"Out of Bounds is basically just about bringing some of the best Australian live music, including The Rubens, to Campbelltown," the former Bradbury resident said.

"I grew up here all my life before moving away in order to get involved in music.

"This felt like a natural step. I know how many good young people live out here.

"I spent most of my teenage years travelling to other places to go and see music.

"We're hoping in the same way that we're passionate about live music and have been from a young age, this will give young adults, and even older adults, even mum and dad, something different to see in Macarthur."

Keyboardist Elliott Margin said coming back home to perform a huge gig after leaving the area to find success was a beautiful "circle of life".

"It's fun playing in hour hometown, there's that in-joke feeling of 'hey guys, kebab shop's just down the road, everyone to the Catho for the afterparty'," he said.

"It's like sharing a gig with all your mates.

"It's cool to be able to show other touring artists that Macarthur is a viable market as well.

"There's a big community here that wants to see live music - other artists will come here and see that it's worthwhile coming back and playing their own shows."

Guitarist William Zeglis said Macarthur had always had a strong music base.

"But you've had to travel into Sydney just to get a gig," he said.

"We want to show that you don't have to do that. It's great that the council has come along to help us do these kind of events, to support the community like this."

Ponniah encouraged all locals to come along for Out of Bounds and "be a part of history".

"It's just going to be a cracker day," he said.

"We've managed to pull together a fantastic lineup of musicians.

"Just come and be a part of it really - I don't think it's rocket science. You don't want to miss it."

General public tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 17 at 11am via

Frontier Members Pre-sale runs for 24 hours from Monday, September 16 or until pre-sale allocation is exhausted.

Full line-up:

  • Illy
  • The Rubens
  • Mallrat
  • Trophy Eyes
  • WAAX
  • Alex The Astronaut
  • Clypso
  • Lex Deluxe
  • + DJ sets from DZ Deathrays & Northeast Party House