Yarra City Council has announced that Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is swangin’ on back to town pretty soon to bring some heat to Melbourne’s coldest month, taking place from July 5th to 14th.
The City of Yarra is home to some of the finest live music Melbourne has to offer, from rock dens to dance halls, over fifty venues in walking distance means the place is bursting with boutique venues for fans of any genre to get amongst it. It makes it even more exciting that the program for Leaps and Bounds is actually put together by the venue owners that know the scene best.
This year the festival offers some new treats to the lineup, including Yarra’s first Winter Record Store Day on Saturday, July 6 featuring in stores by the likes of DRMNGNOW. There will also be some hot-to-trot store sales across the day.
Another new addition this year is Draw the Band, a competition bringing visual arts and music together; asking artists to attend one of the festival events, create artwork and submit it for judging by an industry panel to take home a grand prize of art materials!
This year will also feature singles launches from dark electro duo Asylum Sisters (Bar Open), grunge rockers Moaning Lisa (Grace Darling Hotel) and three-piece punk powerhouse PISS Factory (The Burrow).
Some of 2018’s festivals hit nights return with: Crème de le Femme (The Evelyn), a selection of Melbourne’s best female fronted bands; Queering the Pitch (Hares and Hyenas), two nights of music that takes us beyond the binary; and Women of Country (The Standard Hotel), showcasing Melbourne’s finest women of Country.
The Laundry will have you dancing all night by famed UMAMI collective, featuring a hot pot celebrating all the flavours Burn City has to offer, with a delicious serving of looks and live music acts.
Girls Rock! Melbourne brings their epic ALL AGES fundraiser to the Tote featuring A+, Affection, All Cats Go To Heaven, Alphington, Carpet Burn, Deader, Dominique, Dover Island, El Tee, Face Face, Fiz Eustance, Honey Hunter, House Deposit, Kee’ahn, Party Pest, Racerage, Ruby Gill, Ruby Soho, Thibault, Uboa & Yukambabe. Having nurtured a growing community of musicians and industry relations passionate about supporting and providing opportunities for women and gender non-conforming people, this is an event to seriously get behind.
Afrohub and Abbotsford Convent present two events: After Party, featuring Pookie, Daniel Elia and Ijale; and the Melbourne Traditional African Ensemble, supported by a DJ Eva Lubulwa set to make you move.
Australia’s iconic electro-punk heroes turned-children’s performers Regurgitator will bring their eccentric kid’s music project ‘Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show’ to the 10th birthday celebration of Rock-A-Bye Baby at The Corner Hotel.
Yah Yah’s will present the spectacular glam fab Lip-synchronised Grand Slam showcasing a culmination of six weeks of competition for the title of “The Lip Synch Slayer”.
The 2019 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will span 10 days from July 5-14 and includes a selection of free and ticketed events.
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is commissioned by the City of Yarra, programmed by Yarra venues and co-presented by Yarra community radio station PBS 106.7FM.
For more information visit www.leapsandboundsmusicfestival.com
Written by Liam McNally
Photo by Natalie Jurrjens