Posted in music | venues on November 13, 2012

Starland Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
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Another victim of Sandy. The NJ music venue writes:

A MESSAGE FROM THE STARLAND BALLROOM:

The last two weeks in New Jersey have been a testament to our state's resilience. We've witnessed New Jersey's worst days, but also its greatest humanity. We've seen destruction, but we've also seen ho
pe, hard work and determination.

Our situation at Starland is a microcosm of these scenarios -- yet one we realize is significantly less important than one's home, family or livelihood. Hurricane Sandy devastated our electrical system and damaged our sound, lighting, heating / cooling and plumbing systems - all necessary ingredients in operating a public venue. Given the demand for these components in the regional housing and commercial sectors, we do not anticipate being able to open again until Spring 2013.

Speaking of 2013, it's the year in which we intend to celebrate Starland Ballroom's 10th anniversary. So we're dedicated to taking this time to rebuild the state's best concert venue, and make it even better. We'll take inspiration from all of our New Jersey neighbors who are working hard to get their lives back to normal. When it's all said and done, we'll be here for some of the best live concert celebrations available.

You can help in this effort: Send us an email to info@starlandballroom.com with your suggestions and ideas on how to make Starland even better. We'll read every last one of them.

Most of our shows will be canceled. A few will be moved to new locations. We'll have them listed here and at Starlandballroom.com ASAP.

Fans holding tickets to the canceled shows will receive a full refund, including fees. If you bought tickets online or via phone, you will receive an automatic refund within 7-10 business days. If you bought your tickets from a Ticketmaster retail outlet, you may return your tickets to that exact location for your refund. Tickets purchased here at Starland can be turned in for a full refund plus service fees during new hours of operation - Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-2pm. The Box Office will not be open on Thanksgiving. Fans holding tickets to relocated shows, but unable to attend due to the new location, are also entitled to a refund. 2012 Starland SeasonPass holders will be permitted to use their passes for shows in 2013.

We regret that any of these shows are going away, but not as much as we regret the pain, suffering and destruction experienced by our customers throughout the Garden State. Much like the spirit of New Jersey, you can't stop rock n' roll. And we don't intend to.

Jersey proud, Starlanders. We'll see you soon.

Damn. See below for a list of shows affected:

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The following shows are canceled, with no makeup dates or relocations scheduled: Rusko (10/30), Social Distortion (11/1-2), Matisyahu (11/3), Pretty Lights (11/6), Cody Simpson (11/7; a new show has been set at the Count Basie Theatre though Starland tickets will not be honored), Robert Randolph & The Family band (11/8), Motion City Soundtrack (11/10), Motionless In White (11/11), A$AP Rocky (11/17), 40 Below Summer (12/1), X - Reverend Horton heat (12/7), Monster Magnet (12/15), New Found Glory (12/10), Artie Lange (12/23), Killswitch Engage (12/28), Clutch (12/30), Badfish (1/5), Yellowcard 1/12), DATSIK (12/18), Black Veil brides (1/20), Aaron Lewis (1/24, originally 11/4), Lee Brice (2/1), Almost Queen (3/29)

Previous show-shuffling:

Our Megadeth show scheduled for Wednesday 11/14 has been moved to the Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway at W. 44th St. in New York City. All tickets marked for Starland will be honored at Best Buy Theater.
Fans unable to make it to the Best Buy Theater are entitled to a refund. To obtain your refund, return your tickets to their original point of purchase. You must request your refund by 10pm on Tuesday, Nov. 13. If you bought online or via phone, call 800.745.3000 to obtain your refund. If you bought via a retail outlet, return tickets to that location to obtain your refund. If you bought tickets at the Starland Ballroom box office, you will not need to request your refund by Nov. 13. Please stand by for information on the re-opening of the Starland box office. (Note: Only tickets purchased at Starland qualify for the 11/13 exemption.) Doors open at 7pm at the Best Buy Theater, and tickets are $41.50 advance, $45 day of show + applicable surcharges. Tickets for this show are on sale now via Bestbuytheater.com, phone charge at 800.745.3000 and the Best Buy Theater box office.

Our November 24th Sum 41 show has been moved to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and will now take place on Nov. 25. All Starland tickets will be honored at this new location. Fans unable to make it to the Stone Pony are entitled to a refund. To obtain your refund, return your tickets to their original point of purchase. You must request your refund by 10pm on Monday, Nov. 19. If you bought online or via phone, call 800.745.3000 to obtain your refund. If you bought via a retail outlet, return tickets to that location to obtain your refund. Refunds for tickets purchased at Starland Ballroom's Box Office can be turned-in for a full refund plus service fees during new hours of operation - Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6pm and Saturdays from 11am-2pm. The Box Office will not be open on Thanksgiving. 2012 SeasonPass ticket holders will be permitted to use remaining vouchers in 2013. Tickets for this show are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, phone charge at 800.745.3000 and the Stone Pony box office.

Starland Ballroom's Taking Back Sunday shows on Nov. 16 and 25 will combine into one "mega-show" on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Pine Belt Arena, on the campus of Toms River High School North in Toms River, NJ. Bayside, The Menzingers and Kenny Truhn will open. Tickets marked for both Starland Ballroom shows will be honored at Pine Belt Arena. This relocation means that more tickets will be available for these previously sold-out shows. These tickets are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.com, phone charge at 800.745.3000 and at the Pine Belt Arena box office. Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, The Menzingers, Kenny Truhn and AEG Live will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Toms River Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

Canceling or postponing Starland shows is always our last resort, and we regret any inconvenience these changes may cause. We're working hard to get things back to normal, and like the rest of our great Garden State, we know it'll happen and we'll be better than ever.
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Comments (31)

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Posted by Evan | November 13, 2012 7:51 PM

Starland was always a dump, charging for parking in the middle of nowhere Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 8:07 PM

SLAYERVILLE!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 8:44 PM

shitty venues, take note: this is how you handle things

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 8:59 PM

Sorry for the circumstances, but this is the worst venue in Jersey

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 9:00 PM

love starland. i've seen many shows there - disco biscuits, umphreys, moe, zeds dead, black crowes. in due time i'm sure i'll be back agian.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 9:07 PM

if this is the worst venue in jersey, i can only imagine what you've experienced during some of your best nights at the stone pony.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 9:18 PM

Its not a bad venue, but they never book anyone good there. Its always the same metal and warped tour bands that play there every year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2012 11:41 PM

not bad average venue

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Posted by teja madri | November 14, 2012 6:26 AM

This place is a horrible venue and every time I've gone there I've almost got into a fight with a person. It's in the middle of nowhere and even worse its in New Jersey. Enough said.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 7:58 AM

The layout is awful. They oversell and you can't even move. They used to get decent acts, now its the same trash. I go there maybe once or twice a year. Gut the place, revamp it, and maybe they'll have a decent venue. Best venue is NJ is easily the Wellmont.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 8:41 AM

^MAXWELLS IS THE BEST! HELLO!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 8:42 AM

what is Almost Queen?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 8:43 AM

The pay to park thing is outrageous there. They have found everyway to gouge their customers. And obviously, they have opening bands sell tickets to get on shows. No other way so many awful bands would clog up the bill before headliners.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 8:49 AM

Please continue to go to Starland and don't go to Maxwell's. We don't want your kind there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 9:42 AM

Crappy kinda mid size venue but hate to lose any spot for live music.

Best booked venue - maxwells
best venue - Asbury Lanes

Posted by Blag | November 14, 2012 9:54 AM

Saw Ween there a few years ago. I could barely move but eventually I started dancing up front. A Jersey bro punched me square in the face because he thought I was grinding on his girl. Still great to see one of my favorite bands in a venue that felt like a dive bar

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 9:57 AM

WELLMONT FUCKS THEM ALL IN THE ASS

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 9:58 AM

^ Ah funny "Well Mont"

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 10:48 AM

Oh my. Where will all the high school bands in New Jersey go now to get ripped off doing pay-to-play showcases?

Posted by Jim Testa | November 14, 2012 11:28 AM

Right on Jim!

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 12:51 PM

This place is a dump. Hands down worst venue in NJ and NYC. I'm an NJ native and not slagging it off because of its location, either. Been here twice and on both occasions it was overpacked, overpriced, and poorly run. Good riddance. I wish Starland had been swept out to sea. I'll actually pass on seeing bands I like if they play there. With solid venues like Maxwell's and the Wellmont Theater up north and Asbury Lanes for you Philly-centric Jerseyians, there's no reason for Starland to exist.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 2:41 PM

Just let me know where the fuck the HWM / La Dispute show gets moved to!!!

ps. Any dipshit that pays to park at Starland needs to start doing his homework.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2012 3:55 PM

I'm in a local band. Starland has never charged me to play there. I sold tickets and was paid pretty fairly for that.

Posted by JEV | November 15, 2012 12:11 PM

Shame. I'm heading out to NJ here in a couple of weeks and was planning on stopping by.
Heard some decent things about this place from some of my friends that live there.

Posted by Nathan H. | January 16, 2013 3:11 AM

Damn I was hoping to get down there in NJ as am flying out next week on business and a short holiday!

Posted by Dave | June 23, 2013 9:57 AM

I like what they book.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 6, 2013 11:43 AM

All open again now and had some awesome nights down there recently....great joint!

Posted by Tony | May 21, 2014 11:52 PM

Any news on the ballroom from anyone in the area by the way ?

Posted by Suzie | November 13, 2014 9:53 PM

Damn shame about this, it was a favourite venue of mine!!

Posted by Johnny | November 17, 2014 2:24 AM

Anybody been there since it opened? Still is a sh*thole?

Posted by Bulls eye mechanical | December 12, 2014 3:13 PM

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