Above the St Moritz ice skating rink was a little venue known as Bananas which became an iconic live venue for Melbourne's music during the 70's and 80's Before 'The Ballroom' scene exploded, Bananas was one of the only places in St Kilda where you could see punk bands like the Boys Next Door, The Editions, The Virgins, Negatives, Models and La Femme. 

Saint Moritz was a dance hall that had been turned into an ice-skating rink. You'd enter a door by the main entrance, go up the stairs, and find a room wrapped around a bar, leather padded booths and a view of the bay behind the band. Bananas was destroyed by fire on 22nd September 1982 and then stood derelict until the Novotel Hotel was built on the site and opened in 1991.

Click HERE for a list of gigs at Bananas.

Click on the PDF below to read memories about Bananas by people who were there...

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  • Main Image - Bananas advertising material, c.1979 - Source: Required
  • Background Image - Bananas booking sheet, c. 1979 - Source: Adrian Barker
  • Bananas, 1977 - 1979 - Sources: Paul Thompson and Port Phillip City Collection, Joe Murray, Michael Chrystal, Adrian Barker
Quotes:
  • Joe Gaultieri, Fred Negro - Source: St Kilda Music Walking Tours
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