Thursday, January 20, 2022

Selina’s, beer and rock n roll hub, to be demolished

There once was a time in Sydney, in the ’80s and ’90s, when a night out to see a brace of rockin’ bands, imbibing a thousand beers, and waking up with sand in your teeth and your pockets, meant you’d spent the night at Selina’s.
As live rock ‘n’ roll took root in Sydney in the mid ’70s, it would turn hotels in big suburban pockets into beer barns, entertainment and dining areas given over to live and loud music.
Of all the beer barns that were scattered across the suburbs, Selina’s was the biggest and the best.
Holding between 2000 and 2500 heaving punters for the big acts, the stage of Selina’s was head high, meaning everyone in the pit could generally see the act through the sway of bodies.
The lucky had access to and the advantage of a mezzanine level, a rock star view to rock stars, to watch rock in action as the pit churned to the music.
In between the supports and the headline, the crowd would largely adjourn to the beer garden that faced the ocean, the sea breeze on a summer night slaking sweaty bodies.
Managing at one time Paul Kelly and the Hoodoo Gurus, running a small record label and forever scribing about anything rock related over, Coupe knows of the venue’s place in the annals of Oz rock.
“There was a time when rock and roll bands in Australia, could play six or seven nights a week in one city, and especially so in Sydney,” he said.
“It was a golden, wonderful time for both rock and roll bands, and rock and roll fans. And Selina’s came to epitomise the pub rock era in Australia.”
Selina’s was the next stop to stardom.
For a band heading up the chain of rooms that dominated the Sydney entertainment vista, from the little corner pub gigs to the headlining at the local beer barn, Selina’s was a big step up the ladder of rockdom.

Latest news

IVF procedures to resume amidst Covid pandemic

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures suspended as part of the temporary changes to protect our hospitals will...

139 students achieve top results in HSC 2021 results

The students who have obtained first place in a 2021 Higher School Certificate course will be acknowledged today for their extraordinary academic achievement.  Premier Dominic...

Free tickets availabe for premier’s gala concert at NSW Seniors Festival

Christine Anu, Shannon Noll and Phil Burton from Human Nature will lead the line-up for the highly anticipated Premier's Gala Concerts during this year's...

76,000 students in HSC class of 2021 celebrate results

The wait is over for 76,000 students who have today received their Higher School Certificate results. Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said this is a...

Related news

IVF procedures to resume amidst Covid pandemic

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures suspended as part of the temporary changes to protect our hospitals will...

139 students achieve top results in HSC 2021 results

Free tickets availabe for premier’s gala concert at NSW Seniors Festival

Christine Anu, Shannon Noll and Phil Burton from Human Nature will lead the line-up for the highly anticipated Premier's Gala Concerts during this year's...

76,000 students in HSC class of 2021 celebrate results

The wait is over for 76,000 students who have today received their Higher School Certificate results. Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said this is a...

Shah Rukh Khan returns to social media with Insta post to promote LG rollable TV

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has returned to social media with a bang. The actor, who’s been missing since his son Aryn Khan’s arrest in...

Death of Charlise Mutten the 9-yr-old girl found dead in NSW, mourned in hometown Queensland

Hundreds gathered in Tweed Heads to mourn the death of nine-year-old girl Charlise Mutten, who was found dead after being reported missing in the Blue Mountains...

Delayed 2021 ATAR results of NSW’s HSC students out today

A long summer wait is finally over for New South Wales' HSC students of 2021, who will find out their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) today. The...

Temporary workers, families, students seek return to Australia

The Morrison Government has welcomed the return to Australia of a range of temporary workers to support our pandemic recovery in critical roles. International Student...