Apr 152016
 

Yarra City Council is pleased to announce the fourth annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will take place across Australia’s busiest and most diverse gigging precinct this July 1 – 17.

Over 50 participating venues in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond, Abbotsford, North Carlton, Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy will host more than 300 events featuring around 900 performances.

Leaps and Bounds runs from Friday 1 July until Sunday 17 July 2016 and will highlight the participating venues, new specially curated events by local producers and Australian music and musicians.

Early event announcements include:

TLB (Together Like Brothers) – All Ages Album Launch – Saturday 2 July –

The Evelyn Hotel. TLB is a Melbourne based South Sudanese born Hip Hop collective. Their music strives to empower through extremely danceable and positive mad rhymes. Tupac meets Bob Marley on the dance floor, addressing assimilation, racism and adapting to a new culture. This is an All Age Event.

Living Legends – a show dedicated to iconic local musicians will this year pay tribute to Deborah Conway and Phil Kakulas of Blackeyed Susans {show curated by Triple RRR’s Jonathon Alley) at Gasometer Hotel. The honoured artist doesn’t perform but attends the show to be serenaded and feted by the next generation of musicians and peers they have influenced covering their music and offering dedications.

BRUNSWICK ST SOUL FIESTA – Saturday 9 July – Soul music returns back to its spiritual home in Fitzroy. Brunswick St is one of Melbourne’s best known cultural hubs and live music strips that will host the inaugural Soul Fiesta as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. From 3pm until late there will be live soul, funk and jazz music and DJs in over 20 venues along Brunswick St including record stores, restaurants and bars.

Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes performing THE NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE – Saturday 9 July – At the Corner Hotel. Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes were THE stand alone act in Australia during the 90s. Nobody stood near them. They cut through with wit, flash and weirdness and flew their freak flag for four albums while Dave Graney used street slang and literate word bombs to fully state his case. For the first time since 1997, ARIA Award winning artist Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes reformed last year to perform their much acclaimed album “Night of the Wolverine” (1993) as well as many other classics from their soft and sexy songbook featuring the original gangsters who made NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE – Dave Graney on vocals with Clare Moore on drums, Rod Hayward on guitar and Robin Casinader on piano.

Acid Country Live to Air – Thursday 7 July – PBS 106.7FM will broadcasting live from The Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy.The live broadcast will once again feature PBS’ longest-running program Acid Country, hosted by the incomparable David Heard and showcase some of Heardy’s picks playing live from The Rainbow Hotel and straight to the airwaves!

Richmond Theatrette –A very special season of shows will return to the Richmond Theatrette between 8 & 16 July – programmed and curated by Justin Naylor and Biddy Connor.

Aboriginal artist L J Hill who used to live in Melbourne will be coming down from country NSW to perform his captivating songs accompanied by Brendan Gallagher (Karma County/ producer for Jimmy Little) on guitar. LJ Hill has released two albums produced by Gallagher on the Laughing Outlaw label and the two are currently working on a third. LJ Hill’s song The Little Bird Tree which appears on the recent reissue Buried Country compilation was recently covered by Irish singer Pauline Conlan.

Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk – Friday 1 July – The Old Bar – After the release of their third album ‘Drive’ to critical acclaim Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk returns to the world famous Old Bar, for the opening night of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. To keep things exciting, there will be no pre-sales for this show – tickets only $10 on the door!

Robbie Rocket 10th anniversary – Friday 1 July – (Cosmic Psychos guitarist memorial) at the Tote.

Georgia Fields Single Launch with special guest Phia – Sunday 3 July –

Eclectic songbird Georgia Fields launches the second single “Open Orange” from her highly anticipated forthcoming album “Astril Debris” at Gasometer Hotel. Georgia will be accompanied by full band and special guest multi-instrumentalist art pop collaborator Phia, who also collaborated on the new Tim Shiel produced track.

Festival favourite Emily Ulman will embark on a Tour of Yarra, playing shows across the municipality in intimate venues. You Am I guitarist Davey Lane will also be going on his own Tour of Yarra presenting his multiple musical guises in six different venues.

Bus Tours with Bruce Milne through iconic sites in Yarra will return! However this year there will be a new route and an hour longer. The Leaps and Bounds Bus Tour will only run on Saturdays this year and will include a different special guest music icon on each tour.

JVG’s Brown River – Friday July 1 – The Gasometer Hotel – Leaps and Bounds Music Festival’s signature opening night event will be held at The Gasometer this year, featuring a cast of thousands and curated as ever by our theme time radio host and Triple RRR man Jon Von Goes.

No Bagpipes – Thursday 7 July – Originally from Shetland, local pop-infused alt-country rockers Duncan Phillips and The Long Stand joins forces with Scottish Aussie Blues/Soul Lord Steve Boyd and his new band The Rum Reverie to perform new music at Gasometer Hotel for a special double album launch. Featuring a scotch whisky tasting experience and a smokin’ horn section, but no bagpipes!

To The Nines – A selection of 9 classic albums recreated by 9 current day artists relevant to 9 classic venues. A changeup on the ‘classic album’ format, these shows will feature current artists honouring some of the classic albums written, recorded and performed in Yarra, in iconic Yarra venues.

SHOEGAZE Vs PSYCHE – Sunday 10 July – over 2 stages at the Corner featuring bands from the 90s as well as the new crop battling it out on their fuzz guitar pedals.

Bakehouse Studios Silver Jubilee Concert Series – Saturdays 2, 9, 16 July –

The iconic studio in York St where many acts have recorded seminal albums from TISM, Spiderbait and the Drones celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Scrap Museum will host three nights of surprise bands and reformations, each week representing a different decade. Saturdays July 2nd, 9th and 16th at Bakehouse, Richmond.

HITS (Brisbane) – Saturday 2 July – Hits will play a farewell show before they head to Europe at the Tote.

The Push Summit – Tuesday 5th July, Fitzroy Town Hall.

King Parrot/Hard Ons/Camp Cope – Saturday 9 July – all ages show at the Tote Hotel.

Makehouse – Wednesday 6 July– workshop for Under 21s at Bakehouse Studios presented by Yarra Youth Services and FReeZa.

Smith Street Dreaming – Saturday 16 July – A very special gig bringing together many mobs in to the one community with a ceremonial fire, free BBQ and artists the Stray Blacks, Lady Lash, Yirrmal and MC Shiralee Hood. 16 July on the corner of Stanley and Smith Sts, Collingwood (opposite Woolworths), 1pm – 5pm.

Shake The Tree – Sunday 3 July – local producer Janelle Johnston will curate a huge family day at the Fitzroy Bowling Club for this year’s festival.

Music Victoria presents Leaps and Bounds Music Festival: Grants and Funding Panel – Wednesday 13 July – The pool of funding available to Victorian artists is greater than ever. However, the funding rounds are increasingly competitive, so find out about the latest grants available and get some sweet tips on how to stand out in your application.

Yah Yah’s Closing Party, Sunday 17 July will be the official host for the 2016 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival.

Leaps And Bounds Music Festival is commissioned by the City of Yarra and presented by PBS 106.7 FM.

LEAPS AND BOUNDS FESTIVAL MEDIA EVENT @ EVELYN HOTEL

TLB performance – LEAPS AND BOUNDS FESTIVAL MEDIA EVENT @ EVELYN HOTEL                          Photo credit: Tony Proudfoot