Back for its fifth year, Leaps and Bounds will see artists performing one-off gigs and collaborations in music venues from Fitzroy to Northcote
Homegrown talent is king at the City of Yarra's ten-day annual music festival, which will see local artists gigging up a storm in music venues, bookshops and street corners throughout the inner north. Visit the website for the full line-up; here are our highlights.
Augie March, Jess Ribeiro and the Pink Tiles
What better way to kick off a ten-day music festival than with one of Australia’s best-loved bands? Catch Melbourne rockers Augie March (below) at the Corner Hotel alongside local singer-songwriter Jess Riberio and garage/pop outfit the Pink Tiles. And here’s the kicker: they’ll all be joined by a secret guest star to perform a cover of Paul Kelly’s ‘Leaps and Bounds’.
Corner Hotel. 7.30pm. $30. Thu Jul 13.
Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel)
If you’ve growled along to the Peep Tempel’s raucous punk love song ‘Carol’, then you’re aware of the explosive energy of the Melbourne three-piece. This time, frontman Blake Scott is stepping out on his own to strip back the chaos for a more intimate insight into his style of storytelling.
Grace Darling Hotel. 8.30pm. $20. Fri Jul 14.
ShitWiz music trivia night
Everyone loves a good trivia night – and the Tramway Hotel’s is one of the most eccentric in town, with host Hayley-Darlin’-Percy flinging you questions such as “is this a letter from a serial killer, or a love song written by a man?”
Tramway Hotel. 7pm. Free. Fri Jul 14.
Friendships vs Habits
Go hard or go home. This is your chance to hear mind-expanding sets from two of Melbourne’s fiercest electronic duos (Habits, below). Expect hard-hitting techno and intoxicating party jams.
The Night Cat. 10pm. $15. Fri Jul 14.
Melbourne’s avant-electronic scene has never been stronger than it is now. At this Sunday session, dance to talented up-and-coming musicians including boundary-pushing synth artist Corin, and Lacuna performing live with Sui Zhen (as DJ Susan).
Glamorama. 6pm. $10. Sun Jul 16.
Over the last few months, Yarra Youth Services has run a program for young people to put together a huge dance party at Laundry Bar alongside hip-hop talent Philly and Melbourne duo Bahdoesa. This all-ages event will turn up to the sounds of hip-hop, trap, dancehall, Afrobeat, soul and funk.
Laundry Bar. 7pm. $5. Tue Jul 18.
Jazz Party’s Springtime in July
Find out why this jazz collective are quickly getting a reputation for some of the hottest nights in town as they hit the Night Cat for a sweaty night of pure jazz and funk fun.
The Night Cat. 8pm. $14. Thu Jul 20.
The Thin White Ukes
You’ve never heard Bowie quite like this. The Thin White Ukes are a tongue-in-cheek ukulele trio that bring Ziggy Stardust to life with strings and three-part harmonies.
Some Velvet Morning. 7pm. $10. Thu Jul 20.
Groove is in the High Tea with MzRizk
Tea, French treats and disco: if there’s a better way to spend a Saturday we’ve never heard of it. Spend an afternoon with Melbourne DJ MzRizk as you sip tea from all over the world.
Glamorama. 4pm. $50. Sat Jul 22.
Smith Street Dreaming
Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see two of Australia’s best singer-songwriters play for free at a day dedicated to celebrating the strong Indigenous footprint in Collingwood and Fitzroy. The soulful Emma Donovan (below) will charm crowds with her powerful voice, and Frank Yamma will unleash his skills on the guitar as he sings in English and Pitjantjatjara.
Cnr Smith & Stanley Sts, Collingwood. Noon. Free. Sat Jul 22.