You couldn’t miss it even if you tried. The large, bright-yellow building at the south end of Smith Street in Collingwood. Its name is plastered across a sign bigger than most houses: Copacabana. It hardly seems cool. Certainly not cool enough for those inner-north music fans to attend to watch their favourite bands on a Sunday afternoon. Or is it?
Richard Stanley, of Aarght Records, and Ali Bird have been putting on shows at the Copacabana for the past two years as part of the City of Yarra’s Leaps and Bounds music festival. Although Bird is a lawyer by day, she has produced the Morning Ritual shows at Melbourne Music Week for the last two years. “I originally came up with the idea because I didn’t want to put on an event that was in an ordinary venue and at an ordinary time,” says Bird. The Morning Ritual shows were initially held during the 9am coffee rush at Little King in 2012. In 2013 a different cafe hosted each morning. “I’m not even a morning person, really,” laughs Bird.
When logistics for Stanley and Bird’s first choice of venue fell through, Bird frantically called every school, town hall, bowling club and church in the City of Yarra. When they came across the Copacabana, with its outdated decor and huge capacity, they knew it was the place. “It’s super daggy,” Bird says. “There’s nothing hip about it, which I think is half of the appeal.”
For three Sundays in July, Copacabana will host local bands including Dick Diver, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Harmony, Bitch Prefect and Total Giovanni – hot off the Dark Mofo stage. The second week will involve an Independent Record Fair with labels such as Mistletone, It Records, Chapter Music, Two Bright Lakes and Bedroom Suck selling releases from their artist rosters. There will be $6 Bloody Marys, food by Sweetie Pie and Cuddle Cakes and Uncle Dougie's BBQ. For a cover charge of less than $10, it’s the perfect way to spend these cold July Sundays.
Sundays in July at Copacabana runs from July 6–20 during Leaps and Bounds Festival. All the information you seek is here.
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