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Great Aussie music was the number one priority on campus last night, as University of Canberra students past and present came together to celebrate the conclusion of another successful O-Week and the start of the 2018 school year. As part of UC Life’s inaugural O Week Concert TUNE IN UC, Australian alternative rock band The Rubens took to the stage at the UC Refectory last night.

Doors opened at 8:00pm for opening acts Dalmacia and Slow Turismo, who set the scene with their indie-rock tunes, before the ‘Hoops’ hit-makers took to the stage.

The Rubens’ set began with their track ‘Cut Me Loose’ and included chart-toppers new and old in the band’s signature trademark indie rock style.

‘Lay It Down’, The Rubens’ first song from their 2011 triple j Unearthed days featured, as did ‘My Gun’, ‘Hallelujah’, and the band’s most recent single ‘Million Man’.

Attendees also got to experience an outstanding performance of ‘Hoops’, the song that earned the band the highly coveted number one spot on the 2015 triple j Hottest 100.

The show was the prologue to The Rubens’ Million Man Global Tour, which commences on the 16th of February, and features venues across New Zealand and Australia, as well as North America.

Fans were thrilled that the band was playing in Canberra.

“It’s amazing that the University has such great live music,” said Brayden, a first-year Sports and Exercise Science student. “I’m a big fan of the Rubens, and this is my first time seeing them live. I’m hooked on ‘Hoops’!”

Other attendees concurred, with some die-hard fans attending their third or fourth show.

The Rubens are just the first of many Australian hit-makers gracing the University of Canberra stages in the early months of 2018.

Among these are Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band, who will be playing on the 16th of March. The Rubens’ fellow Hottest 100 alum The Jungle Giants will also grace the stage on the 14th of April, followed by Australian folk and indie-pop group Angus and Julia Stone, who’ll bring their new album Snow to campus in May.

Tickets and further information can be found via the University of Canberra’s UC Refectory page on Facebook.

Featured image by Lewis Haskew.