Flinders Social 1st Birthday ft. Ryan Hemsworth, Yolanda Be Cool & Indian Summer


Flinders Social will celebrate it’s 1st birthday on February 28th and March 1st, with a superb line up made up of Canadian producer RYAN HEMSWORTH, ATTICUS, as well as Sweat It Out‘s YOLANDA BE COOL and INDIAN SUMMER all playing across two massive nights.

For those of you who don’t know, Flinders Social is a 350 capacity venue in Townsville, which last year saw performances from ALISON WONDERLAND, DZ DEATHRAYS (DJ Set), MOTEZ, DANNY T, WHAT SO NOT, CLUBFEET, SNAKADAKTAL, PLASTIC PLATES, DCUP, THE ASTON SHUFFLE and many more.

We decided to quiz Flinders Social‘s head honcho Jake Reid on what attendees can expect from the celebrations, his favourite moments of 2013 and a bit about what he has planned for the future.

How easy was it to convince an international superstar such as Ryan Hemsworth to make the trek all the way up to North Queensland?

Not as hard as you’d expect! Recently I’ve become pals with the guys at Brown Bear Entertainment who are bringing some unreal acts to Australia. It was a mutual agreement that we needed to get him up so we butted heads together and made it work – now we have a dope arse line up!

What else do you have planned in order to celebrate the club’s 1st birthday?

We have a few surprises planned for the patrons, plus some awesome 3D projection art and our outdoors 90’s cartoon theatre will be in full swing.

In addition to all of this, there will be an extra large edition of ‘Self Made Socials’, where we normally hand out two disposable cameras to the patrons every Saturday to capture a wild night from the punters point of view. For our birthday celebrations, we’ll be handing out three on each night to capture the beauty and brute which is Flinders Social.

Can you please tell us a bit about some of your favourite moments of 2013 at Flinders Social?

Tough question! My favourite moments have probably been the local band or artist nights, where there has been an EP or album launch and the venue has been filled to the brim. It’s great to see such a huge response for the local acts!

In terms of national or international bookings though, my personal favourites were dudes like Branchez, Jackie Onassis, Motez, Plastic Plates and Alison Wonderland (not a dude but always puts on a great gig!). Not to forget hosting unreal bands such as Snakadaktal, Clubfeet and Emma Louise. Seeing the contrast between a banging club night and the majesty of a live band gig within the same space is always awesome.

It was also wicked to see some of my favourite artists like Tame Impala, Midnight Juggernauts and a lot of the Groovin line up busting out a jig or two on the dance floor last year at the GTM after party. I just realised I mentioned half of our bookings for 2013 but in all honesty every moment has been a favourite!

Are you always on the look out for new and exciting acts to book for the venue?

Always! We’re a small capacity venue in North Queensland so we don’t exactly have the largest budget for gigs. To get all these acts which we think are going to blow up in the coming year we try and get in early. For example, last year we had Motez, DJ Butcher and Emoh Instead who are now all ballin’ out of control in their own rights!

What other things do you have in store for us this year? Will we be seeing another legendary Groovin The Moo after party?

Bigger artists and more raging gigs! The Groovin after party is in the works right now. I can say we are looking at a special guest host for the night + some large bookings!

For more information on Flinders Social‘s 1st birthday celebrations visit the event page.

Words by Tony Kingston




During the week Tony works in a busy retail corporate office. Once day becomes night, there’s a good chance you’ll see him at a gig or DJing at a house party.