The Leaps and Bounds Music Festival has a jam packed program to enjoy online from 11-20 June 2020. Launching an initiative, Albums in Quarantine provides financial assistance to artists whose album launches have been impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Tune in each week during the Festival at 5.45pm and at 3pm and 5.45pm on weekends as 13 artists stream a sneak peek of their albums during this Festival.
See the list of artists, dates and links on the event page. and head to the website for links to the events. You'll also find a whole list of other individual performance events on the Facebook page's Event listings. Follow the Festival on Facebook for updates, fun snippets and for your chance to WIN some giveaways. You can also check out the artists from the first 5 days of the event on Spotify and take note that the aforementioned timeframes are just for the 13 artists, and other events have their own timeframes and dates.
Full of beats, smashing lyrics, and a smorgasbord of what music in Yarra has to offer; jump in and support the artists and have a whole lot of fun times from the comfort of your home. Enjoy events like the Boogie Series and dance away your Friday night iso blues. Broadcasted live from the Corner Hotel band room, get ready to move at your house party to the sound of some of your favourite new and classic tunes. This event is FREE and you'll find the links to it on the website for Fri 12 Jun 8-9pm.
Islands in the Stream requires you REGISTERING for FREE tickets, however DONATIONS are encouraged and left up to the individual to show their support to the arts during these difficult times, especially for the entertainment industry. You'll be given a chance to help fundraise to support the iconic venue that is The Night Cat, through the purchase of crowdfunding packages. At this event, welcome homegrown acts celebrating the rich culture of music and live performance in the City of Yarra. The night will include an interactive quiz with some sweet Audio Technica gear to giveaway to the winners.
There are other unexpected events at this Music Festival like Jess Ribeiro Reads Your Tarot (13 Jun 1-2pm) FREE, via Instagram Live. Jump in for a 3 card reading with Jess who is a singer-songwriter whose interest in symbols and the esoteric started at the age of 9. Cooking Chinese at Home? Like I said; variety is the spice of life. Join Rainbow Chan (14 Jan 1-2pm) a multi-disciplinary artist and musician for FREE via Instagram Live and Zoom as she cooks up her favourite sweet Chinese dumpling in a ginger sugr syrup, using her mum's recipe. The recipe will be shared ahead of time so you can follow along at home.
Feel like knitting for this chilly weather? Francesca Gonzales will take you there on 14 Jun 2-3pm via live streaming. This is also a FREE event hosted by someone who has been making clothes for years. Knit along with Francesca and make a simple scarf. No experience needed. The first 15 people to DM her will be delivered a ball of yarn and needles the day before; otherwise, get yourself a ball of yarn and a set of needles and let the stitches of fun begin!
Other unusual yet related events include taking Virtual Tours (14 Jun 3-3.45pm) of undiscovered secret parts of Bakehouse Studios; a ripper hour of beer and record recommendations (18 Jun 7-8pm); have a yak aka chin wag with Feminist Punk Guitar Orchestra (18 Jun 8-9pm) about their new musical work from the Tramway Hotel over a wine; Learn base with Mick Meagher of The Putbacks (20 Jun 1-1.40pm) for FREE as he teaches you In The Dirt and its funky bass line which incorporates the raking technique; how about FREEBird Watching (20 Jun 2.20-3pm) with muso Ruby Gill?; or a Home Studio Lesson with Hachiku (20 Jun 1.40-2.20pm) as Anika gives a 40min session with Q&A and nifty tips and tricks on DIY recording on a low budget.
You have your work cut out for you with a plethora of entertainment online during the Festival. Follow all the suggested links in the second paragraph of this article and pick and choose events you'd like to participate in that'll take you away from the doldrums of sitting home watching reruns of movies on the tv. Make your list, take note of dates and times and where the event is being aired, be it on Facebook, Instagram or via Zoom; which ones are FREE, ticketed or rely on your generous donations. Get in there and get lost in the music and activities and support our musicians and events we can't wait to go live too. It's such a crying shame that the Arts have to practically beg us for support so do it generously and graciously for all the enjoyment we derive from shows we've seen past, present and can look forward to in the future. Most of all, let loose, get foot loose and have FUN!