For the last 12 months PrimeAdvisory have hosted a series of client events with the theme centred around “Interesting Places and Interesting People”. Last month was no exception, together with our team and around 80 guests and clients meeting at the iconic music venue “Selinas” at The Coogee Bay Hotel. This place with its 40 plus years of history is known as one of Sydney’s best music venues. SELINA’S is an iconic, multipurpose live music venue with the capacity to hold up to 5,000 people with a big stage and a mezzanine level hosting sold out acts, such as Nirvana, INXS, Foo Fighters, Midnight Oil and many other famous rock bands.
To start the night off Christian Borkowski our CEO was up front and centre stage welcoming everyone and taking us on a journey down memory lane back to the 80’s and 90’s. He also gave us an insight into his first experience at Selina’s many years ago as an 18-year-old (or maybe a little younger) the raw energy and the electric atmosphere created by over 2,500 people rocking out to their favourite live band. This place helped cement Christian’s love for live music and to this day he can be seen out and about enjoying the Sydney music scene.
This was followed by one of our guest speakers Nathan Richman the producer of the “Turn It Up” Documentary. Nathan is passionate about the live music scene and his documentary explores how the music industry is changing as a result of the shrinking number of venues, thanks to lock-out laws and other legislation.
We then heard from Chris Cheung, the current owner of The Coogee Bay Hotel who spoke about the history of the venue and growing up in the pub scene. He spoke about Selinas “hey day” were it was not unusual for the venue to be packed to the rafters with 5,000 patrons there to enjoy a live performance and loving every minute of it. This making Selina’s part of Australia’s Rock renaissance in the 80’s and 90’s hosting some of Australia’s most successful acts.
Our next guest speaker was John Senakis the managing director from Platinum One Entertainment who has been in the music industry for over two decades. John spoke about his experiences at Selinas as a booking agent, the bands and a few tales of international artists like James Brown, who have performed at Selinas.
The night was wrapped up with a live performance from The Big Music Bandits who are a band of young very talented artists that are students of the Big Music School of Rock in Crows Nest. These kids certainly know how to rock and entertained us with some of the most iconic Australian rock classics from the Hoodoo Gurus, Screaming Jets, Divinyls, Midnight Oil and for their finale song ……. Summertime by Thirsty Merc. We might also add that one of the very talented lead singers of the night was Jenna Wall, daughter to our director Guy Wall.
We ended our night with a lasting quote……..
Music is like food for the soul
If you did not get to enjoy this night, watch out for our next forthcoming event………