Selina’s in the Coogee Bay Hotel was one of Sydney’s best venues for a number of decades. It was a large, purpose-built venue with a big stage and a mezzanine level for the really big shows. This also served as the “V.I.P” area and was a fantastic place to watch a live band. I had the pleasure of going there on many occasions as both a punter and as road crew for various bands and the stories that were born there were legendary.
It was a fair haul from Cabramatta to Coogee and back but we still made the trip regularly as there was always someone good on at Selina’s. I remember seeing bands like Rose Tattoo, The Hitmen, Chain, The Divinyls, Matt Finish & The Radiators to name just a few. The place would be packed wall to wall & was your typical sweaty venue but during band breaks you could head out to that awesome beer garden overlooking the beach. Heaven!
The first time I worked there as a sound engineer was a night to remember. The band I was working with, Bandanna, was booked to play on the bill with Chain and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. What and incredible lineup. When we got there and met the main act’s crew who were from Melbourne, it quickly became apparent they had underestimated the size of the place and they clearly did not have enough PA. The tour manager looked at me & said “have you got any speakers and amps in that truck mate?” to which I replied “yep, a double three way”. He handed me a wad of cash and said, “back your truck up”. Yeehah! Our pay just doubled for the night. We also had the added bonus that Selina’s did not allow you to load out on the night of the gig due to neighbourhood noise complaints. This meant you had to stay there so they gave you a room. The night just got better and better!
We did our set to a very warm reception, watched Chain give an incredible performance, then we witnessed something magic… John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in full flight. It was quality that you couldn’t take your eyes off. Just when you thought things could not get any better we discovered the venue had delivered an after gig feast for the main band, who had already left for the airport! Dig in folks. It was a great initiation to an iconic venue.
So, what’s your memories of Selina’s? Leave a comment below.
Video’s from Selina’s
Here’s few selected Gigs at Selina’s
|01/09/79||Cold Chisel||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|02/11/79||Hello Sailor||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|+ The Lonely Hearts|
|14/11/81||Radiators||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|+ The Lonely Hearts|
|29/01/82||Heaven||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|+ Vixen, The Lonely Hearts|
|14/08/82||Boss||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|16/04/83||Zarsoff Brothers||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|07/12/85||Geisha||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|07/04/86||The Damned||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|12/04/86||Kam Sha||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|10/05/86||Kam Sha||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|30/08/86||Spy Vs Spy||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|25/10/86||Bandanna||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|
|Supporting Chain and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers|
|21/11/86||V Capri||Coogee||Selinas – Coogee Bay Hotel|