Each week on Throwback Thursday we’ll be taking a little look back at some of the biggest events that shaped Newcastle’s history and forever left an imprint in the memories of locals. This week we’re remembering the infamous Star Hotel Riot that occurred on 19th September, 1979. A venue that spanned an entire block and was made up of three different bars; the Star Hotel Riot became one of the biggest riots in Australia’s history and lead to the closure of the famous pub and live music venue. It’s estimated that over 4000 people fought with police on the streets of Newcastle that night. As the clock struck 10pm, police entered the hotel, interrupted the band that were in the middle of playing at the time, and asked everyone to leave the venue. Inevitably creating a hostel environment, as people began to leave the venue, a small confrontation began with police, which quickly escalated into a two hour long riot that saw the throwing of missiles (including rocks, bottles and beer cans), the burning of cars and numerous injuries and arrests. An event that went worldwide, it has since become the subject of various entertainment pieces, including a song by Cold Chisel and a musical performed by the Hunter Valley theatre group.