|Address:||570 Jernee Mill Rd, Sayreville, NJ 08872, USA|
I have been covering shows for over 30 years and as a result have been in almost every bar, venue, theater, arena and stadium across the country and overseas. For some reason my travels never took me to the shitehole called Starland Ballroom. My first and last show at this craphole was ruined by the absolute idiots that they staff this venue with in one of the saddest rundown parts of New Jersey. The staff is too stupid to figure out that if the tour manager has a brain fart and makes a mistake on the dates year....crossed out only the year and corrects it on the photo pass, it does not mean it is a forged music pass. Since that month and date were correct, even an idiot could figure out what the deal is. But no... 10 seconds into getting into the photo pit, some orangutan with a flashlight pulls his knuckles off of the floor long enough to look at my photopass and ejects be from the photo pit. It asking for the manager at the will call, some other bald-headed baboon goes into full attack mode. If they treat the members of the press this way, I can only imagine how they treat the general public! The security at this venue was acquired from the absolute bottom of the hiring totem pole. This place is run by people that are very unhappy with their station in life and they get to make everyone else miserable with the one small place they get to rule authority on. Where do you go looking for a job after you are fired from a place like the Starland Ballroom? Monkey Organ Grinder?
Great concert experience all around for a smaller venue. The crowd is always great though they can get a bit rowdy depending on the band. Plenty of room to stand away from the main pit area if thats not your style. We opted for Star Seating which is a reserved section towards the back corner. The price is a bit steep but includes parking, no line to enter (literally just walk up to the door and tell security), a waitress for drinks/pizza, free coat check, and pub-style seating (just high chairs and a small, high table). The view to the stage is completely clear as the section is raised higher above everything else. If youre looking for a more laid-back and worry free experience, Id highly recommend the Star Seating. Since the venue is standing room only, its nice to know your spot is held for whenever you get there. Of course, if youre looking for a more energetic pit experience, just stick to the general admission ticket and save yourself a few bucks. Parking is a bit of a mess to get out of afterwards since the venue doesnt have anyone directing traffic to get back onto the main road. Also, despite charging everyone for parking, the lot doesnt seem very well maintained with no real pavement (at least where we parked) and no lines anywhere. Beyond the weird parking issues, the rest of the venue is great. Highly recommend it.
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I attended the Seether show in mid September with my 11 year old son. I had read many unfavorable reviews of this venue, and I really debated as to whether or not I should go to this show. Thank goodness we went. I drove nearly an hour through crappy weather to see it. I parked across the street for $6, and it was easy in and easy out. It was well attended but not overly crowded. The sound system was pretty good. The opening act was entertaining, namely the Sick Puppies.But the real show began about 1/2 hour after the puppies left the stage. One note: pretty intense mosh pit in the middle of the floor in front of the stage. Stand off to the sides and towards the back. We stood next to a few tables, which were located in a great spot. But we didnt get there early enough to grab one. The only true disappointment was that Seether did not play an encore. I have been to about 90 or 100 concerts in my life, but yet I do not ever remember not hearing an encore. That left a bad taste in my mouth. It ended abruptly at 11 pm, so I suspect there was a noise ordinance. I also know they had another concert the next day, in an area far away from this venue.But the show and song selection were a 9 on a scale from 1 to 10. I hope they return again soon!
Alright...Starland Ballroom is a good size place for concerts I was there for jake miller twice but both times security/staff were awfully mean...last night I was there and we werent allowed to bring posters but I had a drawling book to give to him that I worked on for three months and it was rolled up and I was gonna put it back into my bag, but no this guy takes and throws it under something and says u cant take it! And then I see people with posters....WTF! Its not fair and another thing security barely even knew what to do when they showed up, they didnt know what to do for VIP, which line your supposed to go into...and overall the security was mean and clueless(most of them...,some were okay). Yes this is a great place for concerts but security needs to stop being so uptight about things and stop being rude to people. My friend and I even called cause we ended up leaving our backpack there and they said call back we will look now and we called back and they never looked for it...Im not saying I completely hate this place but its just the security, yeah youre doing your job but loosen up a bit, honestly!
I have been going to this place for over 7 years now and have seen probably like 40 some shows there, they get some really good bands there that dont always play most small venues like this. Sound system there is really good for the size of the place. The stage does sit low so it makes it hard to see when on the floor when it is jam packed with people for most of the shows there. They do hit you with two charges that do suck a parking fee and a facilities charge. And it is in the middle of nowhere, driving from middle of pa makes it a trip. And there food and drinks are priced the same like all the other shows in pa and jersey high. They do do body checks most of the time some times they dont, but over 7 years now i have never had a issue with fights or anything like that. So i cant see why most of the reviews on here are so poor to this place. I will continue to go here due to the bands that they get if you have never been there give it a chance before you just go by most of the reviews. Enjoy!
I went to the Starland Ballroom to see one of my favorite bands, Gym Class Heroes and it was one of the best experiences of my life. When you walk in the door your senses are blasted with an array of things, the cool looking bar the small yet classy looking dance floor and the awesome lights. And the floor is small, it filled up super fast so you want to get there a good hour before the show starts. Security is super lax, there was a guy who got in 3 moshs, and various crowd surfs that had to be interrupted by security but they never got thrown out. The sound was good, bass was a bit loud but overall I heard everything clearly and no matter where on the floor was It was easy to see the band as humans not tiny little ants. If it wasnt 2 hours away I would defiantly go to the ballroom much more often because from what Ive seen, awesome bands play there.