May 312013


AKOVA is coming to town – and he’s launching his debut CD Earth Recruit, also out now on iTunes and is also available at

An incredible multi-instrumentalist, AKOVA transfixes his audiences with high energy, uplifting roots music, effortlessly mixing genres. He plays everything but the kitchen sink – including guitars, vocals, cajon, djembe, ankle bells, ukulele, kazoo and an assortment of other percussion instruments on both his album and in his live show.

Imagine the love child of Xavier Rudd and Cat Empire and you’re getting close.

Formerly of Roots/Reggae ensemble Shoebox, AKOVA has headlined Cavestock 2011, performed at Nimbin Roots Festival, Bleach, Swell Fest, Home Festival and Surfers Paradise Festival. He has shared the stage with Ash Grunwald, Phil Emmanuel, King Tide, Set Sail and Raz Bin Sam and the Lion I as well as G Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, and Tijuanna Cartel with Shoebox.

The Earth Recruit Tour will kick off in Byron Bay and will cover many towns along the east coast for 7 weeks and then over to WA in early July and down to Canberra and Victoria in November.

“AKOVA is an amazing live performer. I still can’t believe it’s just one guy playing all those instruments at the same time…What a showman!”
— Adam Iffland 92.5 Gold Fm

“This music is a unique, profound and heartfelt creation.”
— Foster Gamble THRIVE

“I love listening to AKOVA. His music makes me dance every time and then inspires me to become a better conscience human being.”
— Salvador – Under The Sea, RABBIT RADIO

Tour Dates:

HOEY MOEY, Coffs Harbour May 30th
MANDALA ARTS CAFÉ, Gold Coast June 7th
THE BREWERY, Byron Bay June 16th

ACT and VICTORIA, November

May 302013


The inaugural Leaps and Bounds Music Festival kicks off on Friday 5 – Sunday 21 July at over 50 traditional venues and the emphasis of the festival is local – local performers and local audiences.

The participating venues announced so far include:

Abbotsford Convent, Bar Open, Barleycorn Hotel, Bendigo Hotel, Boite World Music Café, Corner Hotel, Empress Hotel, Eureka, Evelyn Hotel, First Floor, Fitzroy Bowling Club, Fox Hotel, Gasometer, Gertrudes Brown Couch, Grace Darling Hotel, Great Britain Hotel, Grumpy’s Green, Labour In Vain, Laundry,  Luwow, Night Cat, Old Bar, PBS FM Studio 5, Rainbow Hotel, Rochester Hotel, Some Velvet Morning, Standard Hotel, The Vic Hotel, Tote Hotel, Uptown Jazz Café, Workers Club, Yah Yah’s and Yarra Hotel.  More venues are expected to be announced as the festival nears.

Each venue has programmed their own entertainment for the festival and will be ticketing their own shows. 

The Corner Hotel, the biggest participating venue in Leaps & Bounds, long known for delivering the best of both local and international bands to audiences in the City of Yarra, has  a huge lineup over the festival period. 

They’ve included plenty of local content with  Dick Diver and The Twerps on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July (first show sold out, second selling fast), Goldfields  on Saturday 13 July, Kingswood on Thursday 18 July – both selling fast – and Airbourne on Saturday 20 July (sold out). 

A special matinee double bill with Mikelangelo & The Tin Star with the Black Eyed Susans has been announced on Sunday 7 July at 1pm, featuring an afternoon full of surprise guests and collaborations.  This show will also feature dream pop chanteuse St Clare and dark western rockers The ghtiest Of Guns.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg!  Check with your favourite City of Yarra venue to see what special treats they have in store during Leaps & Bounds and keep an eye on for a full program, more details and information as the event nears.

Find your way around the festivals’ venues with Music Victoria’s free Melbourne Music City app available on iTunes or Google Play.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria & PBS.

*Attached pic: Mikelangelo & The Tin Star.  Mikelangelo-July2013-NSC-Approved
May 222013
SMITH STREET DREAMING - A special event as part of Leaps & Bounds Live Music Festival

  Saturday 20 July from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm with Music from 2pm Smith Street cnr Stanley Street, Collingwood   Welcome to the City of Yarra, first owned by the Wurundjeri, who are still the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land.    Yarra City Council, Music Victoria, PBS and Leaps & Bounds Music Fesival present Smith Street Dreaming, [more]

May 102013
Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy launch 'You Are Everything' this Sunday 12 May @ Toff In Town

  Dear Fellow Galactic Adventurers, Steve Kilbey and Martin Kennedy invite you to join them as they launch the third installment of their cosmic artistic union ‘You Are Everything.’   Steve Kilbey from enigmatic rockers The Church, and writer of one of rock music’s greatest songs Under The Milky Way, once again teams up with All India Radio‘s Martin Kennedy to [more]

May 092013
Hello, Sydney!  Catch Krista Polvere - live at FBi Social, 8pm Saturday 11 May!

Hello SYDNEY!!!! Krista Polvere will be coming your way Saturday 11th May to launch her new album ‘Reservoir Drive’ with special guests Sam Shinazzi & Bryan Estapa at FBi Radio/FBi Social 8pm. If you haven’t yet heard Krista, here’s the clip for her  new single BEAT MOTEL. See you all at the gig!