Monthly live music program coming to Rob’s Music Station in Macksville

Singer/songwriter Zechariah Abbott performing at Rob’s Music Station in February. Photo: Benjamin Abbott.


MACKSVILLE is set to host some of the best musical acts in New South Wales, following the recent award of a Live Music Australia grant to Rob’s Music Station.

The funding is part of a government initiative to support the Australian music industry in the wake of Covid-19.

Business owner and musician Rob Torelli plans to use some of the $33,560 grant to upgrade the amenities and create an outdoor performing area ahead of launching Platform 21, a monthly program of original live music, early next year.

Torelli said Platform 21 was developed in response to a scarcity of opportunities for artists to perform original material locally, with most clubs and pubs booking musicians to play covers.

Deebee Bishop, a musician who’ll be the promoter and MC for Platform 21, said the event will bring exciting talent to the area and provide much-needed opportunities for local musicians.

“My plan is to approach musicians who have a high profile anywhere from Newcastle to Byron Bay area and then we’ll also book a local musician to support them,” he said.

Rob’s Music Station, a unique venue that also houses a barbershop and a music store, has already hosted live shows to rave reviews from musicians and audiences.

“It was designed by a musician for musicians and that’s created the atmosphere,” Torelli said.

“I wanted to create a place where people can come and it’s all about the music – not about the pokies and the Keno and all the TVs and other things going on.

“Being a muso, I knew what I wanted.

“The sound in here is second to none.”

Singer/songwriter Zechariah Abbott, who grew up in the Nambucca Valley and is currently based in the Northern Rivers region, recently headlined a show at Rob’s Music Station and said it was a great venue to perform in.

“It’s got an intimate vibe that creates more connection with the audience. It’s got nice lighting, beautiful sound – the acoustics are really good – and Rob’s a legend,” he said.

“I love that he’s giving people a platform for original music.”

Torelli’s longer-term plans for his venue include adding in a commercial kitchen and bar.

“The goal is to create a hub for musicians and lovers of music,” he said.

“This area is just screaming out for something like this, so I have every confidence it’ll be a success.

“It’s my passion.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, but enjoyable too.”

Follow the Nambucca Valley Live Music or Rob’s Music Station Facebook pages for updates.


By Brooke LEWIS

One thought on “Monthly live music program coming to Rob’s Music Station in Macksville

  1. Great article
    The music station is unique
    Sit back & listen to great music without a TV in the corner or poker machines
    Just music & friends.
    Well done Rob Torelli

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