Scene News: Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017 reveal final feature shows of 10-day Program – Jazz Party, Stable Music, The Meltdown, Corin and more!

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017 reveal feature shows of 10-day Program – Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 July

Yarra City Council is excited to reveal the programs feature shows for the 2017 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival ‘Sounds Of Winter’ Program.

After cutting the ribbon on the first program of events only weeks ago, The City of Yarra is pleased to add another huge offering of feature events set to take over the municipality’s much-loved bars, clubs, record stores, and unique local music businesses from Thursday 13 – Sunday 23 July 2017.

Welcoming back The Melba Spiegeltent (located next to The Tote) and Bakehouse Studios,Northside and Polyester Records, this year the festival welcomes the infamous queer and alternative bookstore Hares and Hyenas, as well as the late night disco nightclub Glamorama, are amongst a stack of other creative and music spaces hosting events. The 10-day Festival will once again bring warmth to the winter nights and capture the ever-expanding range of music that our city has on offer seven nights of the week.

With Augie March, Jess Ribeiro, The Pink Tiles and more already locked in for the official Opening of the festival on Thursday 13 July, the fifth annual Leaps and Bounds Festival will wrap on Sunday 23 July with a full day and evening of programming. Aarght Records and Ali Bird return with Sunday At TheCopacabana featuring RGV, Shouse, Drug Sweat and more, The Gasometer will play host to Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos, who are thrilled to be launching their new album ‘The Last Polaroid.’ Last but not least, for the first time as part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, local electronic purveyorsStable Music will take over The Melba Spiegeltent presenting Shop Local a showcase with live performances by Honeysmack, DyLAB, Jani Ho, Louay, Galambo plus a few special surprises to still be announced.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017 is presented by the City of Yarra and supported through theVictorian Government’s Music Works program.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival Feature Program Announcement 2017
Hares & Hyenas – Thursday 13 July – Sunday 16 July
Strings & Things
A night of contemporary musicians in one performance, including Sarah Curro (semi-acoustic violin)Stephen Newton (double bass), Affinity Collective (classical ensemble), Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and William Elm (synthesiser/accordion)

Let Them Eat Lamington: Voice
Let’s celebrate Bastille Day by eating a cake of our own devising. Voice is the theme of this night, and we present several of our Hare Hole favourites, ranging from established to emerging. The night features Maude Davey, Ruth Katerelos, Luca Lovejoy, LOVEATTRACKS and Tamara Nicol.

Ball Of Wax: Music Edition
Bringing together some of your favourite musicians, performers and artists in an otherworldly night of light, sound, projection, performance and partying. Produced by Mikey J White, Six Inches Uncut, and more.

The fourth instalment of SÉDÄ is bound to serve yet another evening of beautiful sounds.
The semi-regular hub for experimental musicians and those who love them is a cosy space for musicians and audience to gather, share and collaborate. The stage will be open for those who wish to introduce their pieces to our ears. Bring your instruments along, and remember, there’s nothing to be shy about, and your sound will be welcomed.
*Free Event

All Ages Record In-Store Performances
Polyester Records – Saturday 15 July
Northside Records – Monday 17 July
To encourage younger visitors to explore the beauty of vinyl, stores Northside Records and Polyester Records will host all age in-stores during the festival with acts to be announced soon.
*Free events

Blokes You Can Trust (Film Screening)
The Tote – Tuesday 18 July
For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer
cans and busted eardrums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs. Fronted by Ross Knight, Blokes You Can Trust tracks the band’s adventures along the rock and roll highway, from downtown Kyneton in rural Victoria, into some of New York’s nest S & M parlours and the Seattle grunge scene where they were highly influential.

The Party Collab Lab presents The Turnup; All-Ages Show
The Laundry – Tuesday 18 July

The Turnup is a hip-hop//trap//dance-hall//afro-beat//soul//funk//house party featuring Philly and Bahdoesa, with more acts announced soon.
This event is actively inclusive to individuals of all genders, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and is a queer safe space, andisa FReeZA funded, fully supervised and has a NO drugs and alcohol policy. Leaps and Bounds Festival, Gifted Productions, Voicefest, Yarra Youth Services, The Drum Youth Services, City of Yarra, City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria support the event.

Fee B Squared’s Class Of 2018:
Featuring Loose Tooth, Shrimpwitch &
Hi- Tec Emotions
The Gasometer – Friday 14 July
A chance encounter with 3RRRFM on a school bus in the 80s started an ongoing love affair with the ground-breaking community radio station that has made Fee B-Squared one of the most loved and respected broadcasters in Melbourne. Almost 14 years as co-host and music producer on 3RRR’s “Breakfasters”, she has been in conversation with Kim Gordon and Neil Finn, she’s DJ’d for Spike Jonze, been a regular DJ and MC at Meredith Music Festival. Fee currently produces and presents “Maps” on 3RRRFM Mondays 4-7pm.

For her “Class of 2018”, Fee brings together 3 of her favourite acts that all happen to be Melbourne based, Loose Tooth Shrimpwitch and Hi- Tec Emotions. Having just returned after a year-long break following the 2016 release of their debut EP Saturn Returns released on Milk! Records, Loose Tooth are armed with new material and are itching to get out of the lounge room and show everyone what they have been working on these last quiet months. Joining Loose Tooth as part of Fee’s “Class Of 2018” are the raw high-energy two-piece Shrimpwitch who are guaranteed to bring the goods with their uproarious banter, rock outfits and good humour. Hi-Tec Emotions have been chosen to open the night with their concoction of synth punk and new wave that the three piece brand as ‘Glo-Wave’.
It’s time to meet Fee B Squared’s “Class Of 2018.”

The Wikimen
Bar Open – Saturday 15 & 22 July
Commonly found on the grounds of art galleries and kindergartens, the 20th Century Pop Jazz Band, The Wikimen will be performing as a trio at Bar Open in Fitzroy for two free shows during Leaps and Bounds Music Festival. Expect early 1990s style double bass, drums, and ukulele.
*Free Event

Live Electronica – Featuring Corin, Liahona & Lacuna
Glamorama – Sunday 16 July
Bringing you the best of the best in local talent for a night full of live electronica, Glamorama presentsCorin (Wondercore Island), Liahona (Smooch Records) and Lacuna performing live with sets from the Vinyl Vixens.
Classically trained, Corin’s fingers sweep between guttural rhythm and stratospheric melody, her songs mutates into contemplation: Is the human affecting the machine or is the machine affecting the human?
With back to back in entertainment, to complete your weekend, this very special Sunday session will get you going into the new week – maybe even longer.

Music Trivia Nights
Corner Hotel – Monday 17 July

The Gem – Tuesday 18 July
The Rochey – Tuesday 18 July
The Fox – Tuesday 18 July
Glamorama – Thursday 20 July
ShitWiz Returns – The Tramway Hotel – Friday 14 July

An extension to the music program sees the introduction of music trivia nights held across week two of the festival. The Corner Hotel, Glamorama, Rochester Hotel, The Fox, The Gem and Tramway Hotel will host a trivia night with great prizes up for grabs.
*Free Events

Jazz Party’s Springtime in July
The Night Cat – Thursday 20 July
Jazz Party started 2017 on all the right notes with wild and packed out Monday Nights at The Evelyn, and they continue to build momentum after wowing crowds at Golden Plains, Castlemaine Festival, By the Meadow and their own sold out ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ single launch show at Howler and most recently a ‘Twin Peaks’ themed Jazz Party.

In the depths of a bitter Melbourne winter, Jazz Party keep the people warm like no one else in town. Now, with three eclectic singles under their belt, they unleash an undisputed JP classic, the NewOrleans inspired ‘FLOWERS’ – pure joyful JP fun. So drink some whiskey, dance till you sweat, and smell the F L O W E R S.

Tram Sessions – Secret Show on a Tram in the City Of Yarra
Thursday 20 July

Tram Sessions isnot-for-profit project that takes the joy of live music to Melbourne trams for the commuter’s pleasure! If you’re lucky enough, a zone-1 ticket could get you front row seats to the likes of Paul Kelly, Kingswood, Vance Joy, The Basics, Oh Mercy, and international artists such as Passenger, Dewolff and Ben Kweller. As part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, lucky commuters’ somewhere within the City of Yarra treated to a free performance on Thursday 20 July. *With the artist revealed on the day, we’ll be keeping the rest a secret. Happy Commuting!
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Why Punk?
Bakehouse Studios – Friday 21 July
2017 marks 40 years since the first ‘Punk Gig’ was held out the front of a share house in Carlton. Was this the birth of the Melbourne Scene? Bakehouse Studios are collecting first-hand stories from artists, musicians, provocateurs, distributors and punkers, and asking Why Punk? In live conversation and panels, to question Punks existence, was it inevitable? Who was excluded? Find out. Speakers include:Dr Lisa Dethridge (Senior Lecturer RMIT School of Media and Communication), Crusader Hillis(Founder Hares and Hyenas Queer Bookshop), Bronwyn Bonney (Crime & the City Solution), Penny Ikinger (Solo artist, early member Wet Taxi’s), Dr Stuart Grant (Lecturer in the Centre of Theatre & Performance Monash University and founding member Primitive Calculators).

Iraamin X Tumi The Be
The Grace Darling – Friday 21 July
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival in collaboration with Gertrude Street Project Festival are proud to present Iraamin X Tumi The Be. Heavily influenced by southern style Hip Hop, Iraamin’s music shares a powerful message about the reality of growing up in a refugee camp in war-torn Burundi. His music speaks of his personal struggles in life and the shortcomings of succumbing to peer pressures. Joining on the night is a local rapper, Tumi The Be who will have DJ Stay Nice laying it down behind him on the decks. Tumi will be dropping some smooth flows to help mellow out the night, followed by Allysha Joy (30/70) to close out the proceedings.
*Free Event

The Meltdown + Special Guests
The Night Cat – Friday 21 July

The Meltdown, Melbourne’s purveyors of the finest country soul, have released their self-titled debut album on HopeStreet Recordings. The much-acclaimed offering has secured their place as one of the most exciting new ensembles in Australian music. Blending country, gospel and 60s soul, the result is a unique take on Australian soul music and a record full of life, energy and deeply felt storytelling. The Meltdown stays true to the common goal of the story and keep your attention on the honey soaked tones of Simon Burke’s incredible voice.
This is one band not to miss in 2017!

Groove is in the High Tea with MzRizk
All Ages Event
Glamorama – Saturday 22 July
Enjoy high-quality teas from around the globe, accompanied by the sounds of electronica and disco byMzRizk. You will experience a range of tea from local and international suppliers accompanied by sweets and treats designed by French head chef Yannik Beaucane with a little twist for your afternoon. Bookings are essential for catering and dietary requirements with minimal door sales available on the day.
Rizky’s Hip Hop High Tea remixes the traditional High Tea into a casual and entertaining atmosphere that everyone is welcome to enjoy.

Aarght Records and Ali Bird Present: Sunday At The Copacabana
Copacabana International Sunday 23 July
Sunday at the Copacabana is back for the very last time. THIS IS THE LAST ONE EVER. Same mini-festival format, a one-off crazy afternoon – six bands, DJs, dance floor, and indie label record fair.

It’s your summer afternoon in the middle of winter. Come get hot with us. Line-upincudes RVG fresh on the heels of their show at DARK MOFO, the first local gig for party starters SHOUSE since their European tour, POWER on the eve of releasing their second album, hip-hop dancehall duo BAHDOESA, festival slayers DRUG SWEAT and the playful pop of HOT TOPIC. Expect tunes on the day by DJs Jess Ribeiro, Karina Utomo (High Tension) and Ruby Koomen (PBS/Bitch Diesel). The Record Fair will include stalls from local indie label Aarght, Anti Fade, Bedroom Suck, Chapter, Homeless, It, Smooch.

Stable Music Present: Shop Local
The Melba Spiegeltent – Sunday 23 July
Get ready for a sensory overload as Shop Local showcases a selection of electronic artists in one of Melbourne’s most iconic and rarely used spaces, The Melba Spiegeltent. With live performances by Honeysmack, DyLAB, Jani Ho, Louay andGalambo presents Xuy Xuy. DJ intermissions with Acid Safari and Matt Radovich, plus a few special surprises to be announced.

Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos – Album Launch
The Gasometer – Sunday 23 July

Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos are thrilled to announce the launch of their new album The Last Polaroid, as part of the Leaps and Bounds Festival, at a special Sunday afternoon show at the Gasometer Hotel on Sunday 23 July.

Their first album since the AGE/Music Victoria award winning album ‘Too Much Water In The Boat’ – The Last Polaroid rockets across its 10 tracks, featuring some of the finest songwriting of Jenkins’ career and capturing the Zhivagos in all their superb guitar laden, harmony-soaked glory. Don’t miss this extremely rare appearance by the entire six-piece Zhivago line-up as they reproduce The Last Polaroid in its entirety, plus pull out some of their giant songs from a stunning back catalogue.

The full Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017 program and ticket details can be found at

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2017
City of Yarra Venues
Thursday 13 July – Sunday 23 July

Presented by The City of Yarra
Supported by Creative Victoria
Presenting Partners – PBS 106.7FM and Beat

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