SET LIST: Groovin The Moo After Party, Townsville
After Groovin The Moo in Townsville wrapped up, it was time to head down to Flinders Social for an intimate club experience with ALISON WONDERLAND and DZ DEATHRAYS. This was an amazing evening and the audience consisted of a lot of other big names who played at the festival.
Probably the nicest guy in the Australian music industry, Vincent from MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS was seen up the front of the dance floor busting a move, FLUME was happily chatting to excited punters, while members of TAME IMPALA, THE KOOKS, ALPINE, LAST DINOSAURS were also enjoying themselves, following a massive day of top performances.
Here are some of the tracks our very own Lauren Payne managed to ID on the night!
DZ DEATHRAYS (DJ SET)
ARCADE FIRE – ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
THE HIVES ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’
DAFT PUNK ‘Technologic’
B52s ‘Rock Lobster’
R KELLY ‘Ignition’ (Remix)
KENDRICK LAMAR ‘Backstreet Freestyle’
HERMITUDE ‘HyperParadise’ (FLUME Remix)
TAG TEAM ‘Whoomp There It Is’
On the night I also managed to get in contact with the organiser Jake Reid, to have chat about Flinders Social, his successful club night which has recently seen the likes of BENI, CASSIAN, BONDI HIPSTERS and DJ BUTCHER make an appearance behind the decks. I’d highly recommend it to any visitor of the city.
Q&A: JAKE REID (FLINDERS SOCIAL)
Can you tell us what Flinders Social is about?
Basically Flinders Social was born from a small club night we ran called Moloko Nights, which was essentially all about getting new and different music out in Townsville. Each night ranged from disco and deep house to head banging trap with a few indie rock jams in the middle. It was accepted extremely well around town and since opening Flinders Social, this outlook has carried on while expanding bookings to bands and bigger dance acts. The concept is a joint where you can come chill out with your pals, catch a band, or have a party.
What inspired you to begin a club night?
Nothing in particular inspired us to start it. I’d kind of given up on attempting to start something after being dismissed by other clubs with the idea for so long. At the time I was DJing at a really dodgy beer garden and then one Sunday I met the manager of the now Flinders Social. After chatting for a while we decided to kick off a club night in a spare cocktail bar at the old venue. After its success the owners offered us the main room of the venue to run, so we shut the previous club down, re-branded, renovated and re-opened in March this year!
When I previously lived in Townsville, I always felt there was a strong demand for the sort of music Flinders Social brings. Did you feel the same way?
Definitely! Townsville has always had a strong following for decent music but up until this point no night clubs or venues have really been willing to take the risk on putting up alternative acts regularly I think. Townsville night clubs have been filled with Flo Rida and David Guetta for too long I think and people are starting to want something different regardless of their music taste.
What have been some of your highlights since the opening?
It was definitely the Groovin’ The Moo after party. Seeing members of Midnight Juggernauts and Tame Impala on the dance floor while The Kooks and Alpine chilled in the beer garden was unreal!
Who would you say your dream bookings would be?
Too many to mention I think! In the club music scene at the moment I would love to book Justin Martin or Kolombo.
Flinders Social seems to attract a really easy going crowd. Is this something you aim to achieve or do you think it comes naturally with the sort of music that is played?
I think it’s definitely a combination of both, the music plays a big part in it but a lot of people like to go out to a place where they can either chill out or party and up until this point there haven’t been many options in town for that.
The Groovin’ The Moo after party you held had an incredible buzz about it and was packed with celebrities. Were all the DJs and people you met on the night who you expected them to be?
Yeah, it was a pretty excellent night and amazing to see these huge bands and DJs who I’ve listened to and admired as a musician for so long all partying under the same roof! I don’t really like to have expectations of people before meeting them and considering we didn’t think that anyone from Groovin’ The Moo would even come, it was an amazing experience in itself. From what I saw and who I talked to, punters and artists alike were in a wicked mood and had a great time which is a huge bonus!
Do you have any surprises in store for Townsville clubbers in the future?
Well we’ve just booked a bunch of great bands, DJs and electronic artists for the next few months and there’s a heap of local gigs for people look forward to!
Words by Tony Kingston