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Beat’s Guide to Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2018

Spread across ten action-packed days, there’s a lot to get through in this year’s Leaps and Bounds program. To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to some of our must-attend events

COSMO’S MIDNIGHT

From Sydney’s inner west to the world stage, Cosmo’s Midnight have been honing their standout performance. With their debut album What Comes Next on the horizon, grab a taste of what’s to come and still get to bed early.

Corner Hotel, Friday July 13, 1.30pm

FEMMES ON FIRE

These girls are on fire, and ready to ignite the stage. Host Miss Friby will be joined by an array of incredible performers in a revamped bandroom. Custom lighting will illuminate the songwriters in all their womanly glory.

Bar Open, Saturday July 14, 8pm

WOMEN OF COUNTRY

Five of Australia’s rising female country artists are coming together. Fresh from touring with Eilen Jewell is Georgia State Line, who’ll be joined by Brooke Russell’s new act The Canyon Callers, Roz Girvan, multi-instrumentalist Cat Canteri and Mandy Connell.

The Standard Hotel, Sunday July 22, 5pm

QUEER. HERE.

Welcome to an evening celebrating Melbourne’s creative LGBTQIA+ community and its allies. There’ll be an art exhibition and a drag performance by Manzer upstairs, while downstairs will host live music from He Cries Diamonds, Electric Toothbrush, and Infraghosts.

The Old Bar, Tuesday July 17, 6pm

ACID COUNTRY – PBS OUTSIDE BROADCAST
Get behind the magic of radio, as everyone’s favourite local station gears up for Acid Country. Join PBS’ longest-running host, David Heard, as he broadcasts live, with Van and Cal Walker, Sarah Carroll, and Georgia State Line Duo, all performing.

Rainbow Hotel, Thursday July 19, 3pm

GIRLS TO THE FRONT
Girls to the Front is bringing the ‘Creme de la Femme’ of female and female-identifying to the stage, celebrating this beautiful part of the industry that has been historically pushed to the back. Celebrate the underrepresented voices, as they sing out, loud and proud.

Laundry Bar, Thursday July 19, Doors 7pm

SONGS AND WORDS WITH UNCLE JACK CHARLES
At 73 years old, Aboriginal Elder Uncle Jack Charles has lived a full life. From prison to presenting hauntingly beautiful words and songs on stage, the musician, actor and potter, has made a beautiful life beyond addiction. Join him for an evening to remember.

Saint Charlie, Friday July 20, 7pm

BEER X BANDS 
Beer and music, what’s not to love? July will bring together Two Birds Brewing, Australia’s first completely female owned brewery, and LISTEN, an organisation that promotes visibility of marginalised folk in Australian music. Performances from Bella Quinlan, Cyanide Thornton, and Dannika.

The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Friday July 20, 8.30pm

FLIGHT TO AFRICA

Foreign Brothers and Stani Goma present a unique trip into the sounds of local African-Australian musicians aiming to make you move and dance. From hip hop to neo-soul, Afrobeat and funk to Panafrican traditional music, the lineup celebrates the scene’s diversity.

Evelyn Hotel, Saturday July 21, 8pm

PLAYTIME
For the young, or young at heart, Playtime will celebrate the beauty and nature of music and play. Performances by Fitzroy Clubhouse royalty Girl Zone and YSB will provide the soundtrack for a day filled with art workshops, dance parties, and more.
Schoolhouse Studios, Saturday July 21, 1pm

PORPOISE SPIT 
Porpoise Spit are finally releasing new music, and they’re doing so with all the style you’d expect – think dramatic performances of monologues from Muriel’s Wedding, and an ABBA dance off. Cable Ties, Loobs, DJ Nature Girl, and Shrimpwitch are along for the ride.

The Tote Hotel, Saturday July 21, 8pm

KING PARROT 
King Parrot will play their first all ages show in a very long time, before entertaining those over a certain age for the evening. Joined by Harlott, Private Function, and Cast Down, this is a comeback to remember.

Bendigo Hotel, Saturday July 21, 1pm

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will take place in venues and locations throughout City of Yarra from Friday July 13 until Sunday July 22.