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Leaps and Bounds Festival announcement
A great initiative returns


The City of Yarra is pleased to announce the third annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival returning in 2015 taking place in Australia's largest gigging precinct in the Melbourne's inner city.


Over 50 participating venues in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond, Abbotsford, North Carlton, Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy will collectively host more than 300 events featuring around 800 acts during the 17 day festival.


This year Leaps and Bounds will run from Friday July 3 until Sunday July 19 with the main focus on traditional venues as well as specially curated events in unique performance spaces within Yarra.


It is a local celebration highlighting local performers, local venues and local audiences - while also inviting and collaborating with artists from all over Australia. Leaps and Bounds partners with venues and performers to present ambitious and out of the ordinary events.


The Nylex clock is featured in the Paul Kelly music video for his song Leaps and Bounds from which the festival takes its name. The City of Yarra is working with site owners, Caydon, to see if the Nylex clock can be illuminated for the duration of the festival watch this space!


The full program will be up on the Leaps and Bounds website early in June.


New events for 2015 in this first announcement include:


-           The Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood will be utilised as a gig venue for the first time across the festival. Horror-country ensemble Graveyard Train will be first to kick off the series on July 4, with Stella Angelico and Mojo Juju in following weekends.

-           A mini festival over 2 stages at the Corner on July 18 with the original line up of The Scientists, the Dubrovniks, Rocket Science, Spencer P Jones & the Escape Committee, Hits (Brisbane), the Pink Tiles and more.

-           The Television Addicts (punk rock legends the Victims from 1978) Dave Faulkner and James Baker who went on to form the Hoodoo Gurus as well as the Beasts of Bourbon joined by Ray Ahn (Hard Ons) at the Tote on July 17.

-           All Age Events produced in conjunction with Yarra Youth Services include a free skate park gig, a symposium at Bakehouse Studios and a FreeZa show.

-           A series of intimate shows at the Richmond Theatrette

-           Singers With Strings - two special concerts at the Fitzroy Town Hall pairing iconic local artists with a string quartet

-           Rock n Roll Bake Sale featuring live music, cakes, scones, tea towels and cooking advice from rockers

-           Live Instores at Northside, Polyester and Hares & Hyenas.

-           Peno Sings Pretty Ron Peno revisits the songs of Died Pretty at The Corner on July 4

-           Tributes to inspirations who died too young  Jason Molina (Songs Ohio), Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons and Hank Williams in various venues

-           Icecream Hands reunion playing their ARIA nominated Sweeter Than The Radio at The Evelyn

-           Multicultural performers concert of Australian rock classics

-           Local country outlaw, A.P.Johnson (1946 - 1995) remembered at the Rainbow Hotel on July 11 with Chris Wilson, Dead Livers and more.

-           Labels of Love series showcasing local indies at the Shadow Electric

-           Black Cab launch their new vinyl album at The Corner on July 17

-           CONTROL HQ will be revived as a late night hang in Collingwood

-           Yah Yah's will host the Leaps and Bounds closing party on July 19 til 5am.


Leaps and Bounds will also be collaborating with the Gertrude Street Projection Festival which will run over the festival's last week from July 10 19.


We have some signature events returning for 2015 including:


-           Bus Tours with Bruce Milne through iconic sites in Yarra on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

-           JVG's Brown River annual homage to the Yarra River on opening night

-           Smith Street Dreaming free showcase of Aboriginal musical talent and traditional dance, acknowledging local Aboriginal culture  with Archie Roach, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, Coloured Stone and MC Aaron Pedersen on July 18 opposite Woolies on Smith St.

-           Living Legends a show dedicated to iconic musicians that gig regularly at venues within the City Of Yarra where the honoured artist doesn't perform but is in attendance and serenaded by the next generation of musicians and peers they have influenced covering their music and offering dedications.

-           Steve Lucas with his band X will be the focus at The Tote on July 10 and Dave Graney & Claire Moore will be celebrated at the Gasometer on July 12. 

-           Morning Ritual returns to the Copacabana on July 19 with the whole series rolled into a one-day blowout with five bands, DJs, Uncle Dougy's catering and a local indie label record fair

-           PBSFM Live to Air with David Heard, host of Acid Country at The Standard

-           Emily Ulman and Liam Gerner will embark on a Tour of Yarra, playing shows in intimate venues.

-           Music Victoria Panels  Two 2 day workshops with one panel on Arts Victoria grants, and one focused on Exporting Your Music.  Both panels will be followed by a full day of 1-on-1 sessions with workshop participants


Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is proudly presented by City of Yarra, Music Victoria, our media partners PBS 106.7FM and the Music, returning sponsors Quiet Deeds & Bendigo Bank Clifton Hill/Fitzroy North Community Branch and new sponsor Nelson Alexander.


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