Starland Ballroom
Starland Ballroom
Location Sayreville, New Jersey
Coordinates 40° 26′ 25″ N, 74° 21′ 19″ W
Former Names Hunka Bunka Ballroom

The Starland Ballroom is a concert venue located in Sayreville, New Jersey, USA. Opening night was December 6 2003 and featured a performance by former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth. The venue was formerly known as the Hunka Bunka Ballroom, which operated as a dance music club in the 1980s and 1990s, though throughout the 90's it often hosted concerts, specifically punk and ska lineups.


In its first year of operation, over 150,000 tickets were sold to Starland events, enough to make the venue as one of the 10 largest concert nightclubs in the world, according to Pollstar magazine.

In its second year of operation, Starland sold over 205,000 tickets, qualifying it as the fourth-best ticket-selling concert nightclub in the world, according to Pollstar magazine.

In just five years, Starland has sold close to three-quarters of a million tickets, while constantly ranking as one of the best-selling concert nightclubs in the United States and beyond. Celebrities and musicians alike have been spotted at Starland, including New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, Cameron Diaz, Howard Stern Show star Artie Lang, comedians Jim Florentine and Bob Levy, Hillary Duff, baseball star Mike Piazza, Peter Fonda and others.

On August 20, 2004, Coheed and Cambria filmed a concert at Starland Ballroom and released it as a DVD, entitled Live at the Starland Ballroom. Heavy metal band Anthrax, Clutch and God Forbid, have also filmed a DVD at Starland, while bands like My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday and The Starting Line have filmed performances at the venue for broadcast on MTV, Fuse and elsewhere.

In January 2005, the Starland Ballroom hosted a pair of concerts to raise money for victims of the December 26 tsunamis. My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Senses Fail and dozens more performed over two nights, raising over $150,000 for UNICEF and the International Red Cross. In September 2005, Dashboard Confessional and Coheed and Cambria co-headlined an event at Starland to raise $80,000 for Direct Relief International's efforts to assist victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Also, the post-hardcore band Thursday, from nearby New Brunswick filmed most of the live footage for their DVD, Kill the House Lights, inside the Starland Ballroom.

The building is believed to be the place where hometown stars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (lead singer and guitarist of Bon Jovi) met in the early 1980s.

On April 13th, 2007, the building was purchased by AEG Live, one of the largest producers of live concert and sporting events in the world. AEG Live's New Jersey operations run out of the Starland facility, including operational and booking efforts related to the All Points West Music & Arts Festival, Toms River Fest, and performances at venues like The Count Basie Theatre, The Ritacco Center, The State Theatre and more.

In July 2008, a film called "The Perfect Age Of Rock And Roll" filmed its club scenes inside Starland. The film stars Peter Fonda, Lauren Holly, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning, Billy Dee Williams, Ruby Dee and others and is slated for a 2009 release.

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