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Leaps and Bounds Music Festival

What originally began as a push to back local venues, musicians and business through the quiet of winter, Leaps and Bounds Music Festival continues to nurture our thriving music community, showcasing homegrown talent from up and coming locals, to internationally acclaimed artists alike.

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival brings the warmth that our thriving music community inevitably craves at this time of year, and provides continued support to local artists, venues, and businesses with a smorgasbord of gigs to suit any punter’s palate.

Leaps and Bounds is a venues focused live music festival that specifically showcases home grown talent and in music venues and music outlets across the City of Yarra. It nurtures the next generation of musicians, celebrates the unique Australian music voice of our musical legends and makes connections for audiences. There are gigs to suit music fans of every genre from electronic to hip hop and jazz to rock, for all age groups and every budget, including many free gigs.

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

Dijok will be part of Laundry Bar’s Girls to the Front event, which pushes quality home grown hip hop and rap talent the fore. Anna Scionti will headline The Rainbow, Emilee South is scheduled to enthral The Gem and Bar Open will showcase cabaret and chanteuses via Femmes on Fire.

Women of Country will take place at The Standard and 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 Green 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 while riotous rock den The Old Bar will host Queer Here. 

Smith Street Dreaming, Leaps and Bounds’ annual outdoor event 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. 

When: 13 – 22 July
Where: Various locations, check here. 
More information: visit website.