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Leaping and Bounding Into The Inner North – The Music Festival To Spice Up Your Winter

May 29, 2018

Set to take place this July 13th-22nd, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival has returned and the first details of the program have been revealed. Capturing the minds and spirits of musos across the inner north, a celebration of live music will be right round the corner from you!

“Our live music scene is the best in the world. You can see quality gigs any night of the week in Yarra. This festival celebrates the venues, artists and venue bookers who make such a huge contribution to the cultural life of our city.

“Diversity is absolutely central to exciting and innovative arts, and we’re proud to have a strong contingent of female, queer and Indigenous programmers and performers as part of the festival. There’s something for everyone to enjoy,” says Yarra Mayor, Cr Daniel Nguyen.

This year Leaps and Bounds has enabled Yarra venue bookers to put on some of the best and most diverse gigs around.

With events happening around the inner north’s music hot spots, including The Gasometer Hotel, Fitzroy Bowling Club, The Night Cat, The Fitzroy Pinnacle, and Smith Street, there’s a range of gigs for all ears and picky preferences.

Events include:

Girls to the Front

Dijok will be showcasing as part of Laundry Bar’s (Fitzroy) Girls to the Front event, which pushes quality homegrown hip hop and rap talent the fore.

Femmes on Fire 

A showcase cabaret and chanteuses at Bar Open, Fitzroy

Women of Country 

Taking place at The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy; bringing together 5 rising female country talents in one special show.

Our Ting

Our Ting is a special Yarra Youth Services all ages gig featuring Lady Banton and all the tastiest Grime, Hip Hop, Trap, Afrobeat and Dancehall Grumpy’s in Fitzroy can handle.

Queering the Pitch

Music from Beyond the Binary will be curated by award-winning gender transcendent diva, acclaimed producer, Mama Alto and will go down at Fitzroy’s favourite queer and alternative bookstore Hares and Hyenas.

Queer. Here. 

Hosted at riotous rock den, The Old Bar, Fitzroy – a night of LGBTQIA music and art.

Smith Street Dreaming

Leaps and Bounds’ annual outdoor event down Smith Street, celebrating Aboriginal culture and history, has confirmed the talents of MC Leila Gurruwiwi, Dave Arden & Band, Benny Walker, Birdz, Alice Skye, Indigenous Hip Hop Dance Projects, and Djirri Djirri Dance Group.

This selection is just a slice of the superb venue-led programming on display at July’s Leaps and Bounds Festival. This year’s festival follows a recent explosion of positive governmental support for the Melbourne music scene, including the recent announcement that The Music Market will open its doors next year at the new Collingwood Arts Precinct on Johnston Street. And following recent confirmation that Melbourne is the live music capital of the world, things are truly progressing in Leaps and Bounds for our vibrant music community.

Further details on all scheduled Leaps and Bounds events can be found at


Media Release Courtesy of Deathproof

Feature Image Credit: Corner Hotel as courtesy of Deathproof 

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