The City of Yarra is home to most of Melbourne's music venues, so it's the natural home for a 17-day music festival
After a successful launch in 2013, the City of Yarra’s annual Leaps and Bounds festival is back. The 17-day festival will run in over 40 traditional venues, from Longplay (the smallest venue in the area) to the Corner Hotel (the largest venue in the area). This festival pays homage to the iconic Paul Kelly song and is a venture of Yarra City Council, booked by dyed-in-the-wool Melbourne music scene movers/shakers Jon Perring (The Tote), Mary Mihelakos (The Age) and Justin Rudge (The Standard). It's packed full of one-offs: themed nights, tributes and local performers doing things you've never done them before.
If your Sundays are usually spent whimpering over a medicinal beer, Leaps and Bounds Festival have basically invented the remedy for you. Smith Street's Copacabana International isn't usually associated with Melbourne's rock underworld, but then, you don't normally see bands like Dick Diver, Harmony, Total Giovanni, Bitch Prefect, the Galaxy Folk, Hierophants and Empat Lima and the Steve Miller Band chill the fuck out. They'll be playing ever so gently while you restore yourself with cheap Bloody Marys, Uncle Dougie’s BBQ and vegan cupcakes from sweethearts Sweetie Pie and Cuddle Cakes. There's even going to be a record fair to peruse. Copacabana, Sundays in July.
Learn how to develop a career in the music industry with this full day of training, which will provide skills for pathways into tour and event management, publicity, song writing, radio, online distribution and even community engagement. Industry professionals will lead workshops ranging from the maintenance of music equipment to the art of krumping. Artists, such as the Hounds Homebound and Darcy Fox, will be available for questioning and a free lunch will be provided. Fitzroy Town Hall, Tue Jul 8.
Dynamic players in the metal and hardcore scene are conducting an information session for all you rockers. Topics cover everything you need to know when starting out in the industry, from getting a gig, making the right contacts, sponsorship to getting media coverage and a lot more. Speakers include general manager of Soundwave Festival, Chris O’Brien, musician Matt Young from King Parrot, national events manager Cael Johnston, musician Phoebe Pinnock from Heaven the Axe and publican Guy Palermo. Fitzroy Town Hall, Wed Jul 9.
Take a trip back to Melbourne of decades gone by with muso Charles Jenkins and his Amateur Historians. Jenkins – former frontman of Ice Cream Hands among other bands – has come prepared for this one-night-only show with 10 original songs about the history of the City of Yarra and its surrounds, and a one-off band. Guests will receive a commemorative CD of the songs especially written for the festival. Fitzroy Town Hall, Thu Jul 10.
Renowned worldwide for his sultry sounds and his vivid storytelling, Mikelangelo is the Balkan Elvis. As a part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, he'll grace the historic and recently refurbished Collingwood Town Hall, grounds truly fit for a King. Through songs of his trying journey from rags to riches, Mikelangelo teaches us history of the birth of rock'n'roll behind the Iron Curtain. He will be backed by a seven-piece brass Balkan band and Eastern Bloc go-go dancers – so we feel sure this is something you haven't seen before. Collingwood Town Hall, Fri Jul 11.
See where local artists Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, the Drones and thousands of other bands have honed their craft. Bakehouse, a recording studio, rehearsal studio and the headquarters of SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music), will open its doors to the public this July. The day will be filled with latest Bakehouse favourites Harmony, the Impossible No Gods and BJ Morriszonkle, all taking the stage. Bakehouse Studios, Sat Jul 12.
There will be three themed areas, including a metal room by jeweller Cass Partington, a music history room by Bruce Milne and a bespoke “backstage” by designers Brustman+Boyde. You can also explore a homage to Pulp Fiction by screen printer Stewart Russell; taxidermy by vegan artist Julia deVille and a “glam rock disaster” by Garrett and Will Huxley. Scattered around, you’ll also find installations by artists including Patricia Piccinini (remember the Skywhale?) and icing-art experts the Hotham Street Ladies. Bakehouse Studios, Sat Jul 12.