Whilst most cities are dreading the cooler winter months, Melbourne, on the other hand, is eagerly anticipating its arrival. This year the team behind Leaps and Bounds Festival have curated an absolute belter of a festival and will be dishing up a plethora of events and rock-outs across the City of Yarra from July 13 – 23. We’ve cooked up a list of 5 gigs we’re hanging out for, and we reckon you are too.

To get you keen to embrace the sounds of winter, we’ve cooked up a list of 5 gigs we’re hanging out for:

Augie March, Jess Ribeiro and The Pink Tiles

Thursday 13 July, Corner Hotel

Formed in Shepparton in the mid 90’s, award-winning outfit Augie March are one of the country’s fondest musical stalwarts. The band’s latest album, Haven’s Dumb reinforces the group’s knack for balancing mainstream accessibility with home-grown distinctness and complexity.

Joining them on openeing night will be northern suburbs talent Jess Ribeiro and garage-pop outfit The Pink tiles, with a handful of surprises planned for the evening. 


Billy Davis & The Good Lords, Cool Out Sun, MZRIZK + Jordan Dennis

Saturday 22 JulyThe Night Cat

Billy Davis and The Good Lords the gap between elements of HipHop, RnB, Gospel and Contemporary Jazz. The group of eleven have gained a ton of notoriety of late coming off the back of their energetic sell-out performances at Howler and the Gasometer.

Cool Out Sun will also take the stage, bringing along their mellow, feel-good Afro-funk vibes that are sure to warm the crowd.

These diverse and exciting acts will be followed by DJ MzRizk, who has roused crowds previously at Groovin The Moo and Glastonbury.


Live Electronica – Featuring Corin, Liahona & Lacuna

Sunday 16 July, Glamorama

Corin’s music centres around the relationship between humans and machines. Her philosophy delves into the question of whether the human is controlling the machine or the machine is controlling the human. She’s performed alongside Fatima Al Qadiri and has also been nominated for FBI radio’s Producer of the Year.

Smooch Records project, Liahona, was founded by Melbourne recording artist Harmony Byrne and is focused on the rawness of singer-songwriting, the process unfolding in Joshua Delaney’s Brunswick studio.

Lacuna will complete the night with a promising set from Vinyl Vixens.


Paint to Improv: Featuring Taipan Tiger Girls, Zond & No Sister

Friday 21 July, Evelyn Hotel

This event will bring together an innovative and inspiring combination of live performance and live painting.

Taipan Tiger Girls debut album, 1, was an improvised live recording that they released 100 vinyl copies of—the records subsequently selling out in a week. Their sophomore album, fittingly named 2 came out last year. The three-piece band describe their live shows as ‘immersive, hypnotic and loud’, which should make for some interesting art when joined on stage by visual artists Josh Lord, Hayley Arjona and Stu Thomas.

As far as music goes, Zond will also feature throughout the night. The most accurate label used to define their music is noise or rock, but that still doesn’t hit the nail on the head since they evade categories altogether. Come and decide for yourself when they take on the Evelyn Hotel on Friday 21.

No Sister is a captivating Punk rock band that migrated from Brisbane to Melbourne after forming in 2014. They just recently released their No Sister/ Bitumen split cassette.


A Moment In Time: The North Fitzroy Beat Scene – Featuring Primitive Calculators

Sat 15 July, The Tote Hotel

This event is a throwback reference to the geographical history of Melbourne’s Punk scene in the 70s.

Primitive Calculators are celebrated for their abrasive synths, fast drums and piercing guitar noise and have even been compared to the innovative punk duo Suicide. Last year they dropped a song from their forthcoming album, On Drugsset to release this year.

Opening for the band’s third show in 35 years will be Hot to Rot, assembled by the festival to play their first gig featuring members of Mangelwurzel and The Infants. 



Thanks to Leaps and Bounds Festival, we’re giving AMPLIFIED members the opportunity to attend a stack of shows! Head HERE and enter now!