Leaps and Bounds Music Festival 2018

Fri 13th July, 2018 – Sun 22nd July, 2018
Price: Various
Celebrate Australian diversity for a whole week with this music festival.

From the Evelyn, to the Corner Hotel, to The Catfish, Leaps and Bounds festival will move into Melbourne venues for a ten days of live music, spoken-word performances and cabaret shows to foster local talent.

On the festival’s opening night you can catch electronic duo Cosmo’s Midnight, Cash Savage, “dream-punk” locals Porpoise Spit and Melbourne rapper Daniel Elia. Other highlights include The Peep Tempel’s Blake Scott, Moon Rituals, Lake Minnetoka, King Parrot, Tangents and Laura Imbruglia.

The festival aims to represent LGBTQIA+ and marginalised people by presenting a line-up that goes beyond the usually male-filled bill. Queering The Pitch at Hares and Hyenas bookstore is curated by Mama Alto, an acclaimed jazz singer and producer. Her show features a line-up of genre- and gender-bending acts including cabaret singer Selina Jenkins, experimental composer William Elm, singer and dancer Clare St Clare and inventive beat producer DRMNGNOW, among others.

There will also be spoken-word performances from actor and musician Uncle Jack Charles at the Saint Charlie Bar. And Smith Street Dreaming is a celebration of Indigenous culture that will be MC’d by TV producer Leila Gurruwiwi, rapper Birdz, singer-songwriter Alice Skye and others.

Other shows include the Evelyn residencies Crème de la Femme featuring only gender-non-conforming and femme artists. Also at the Evelyn is Flight to Africa, a showcase of African-Australian hip-hop, neo-soul, funk and Afrobeat.

And at the Fitzroy Bowls Record Fair on Saturday July 14 you can spend a day, beer in hand, rummaging through second-hand or new records.