On Monday the 2nd April, 2018, an energised and somewhat shiney Leopold's Treat trio comprising Dave Honeyman, Neil Macleod and yours truly (Kate Leopold), shared the stage with the incredible, world class touring musicians Juzzie Smith and the Hussy Hicks. Together we formed the musical soundscape for the arrival of the Queens Baton, which, as we discovered had been travelling for 98 days and had another two to go, having traversed its way around the world, through hundreds of hands of sporting legends, like tennis champion Jeff Masters who humbly and happily ran the baton into its final pit stop for the day in Nerang. There's a kind of glow about people when they feel like they are connected to and doing something for the greater good, which was radiating from the guy as he made a little speech on stage. While the music formed a small component of the event, it added an essential element for bringing people together and creating some good vibes to welcome in the baton runners.
It was such a delight to have played at such a unique event - which was a once in a lifetime experience. Together, we three treats played our unique style of *grassroots acoustic folk* music to the onlookers who were starting together for the main event. The kids were having a great time with all the play things provided by the man who i've come to know as Sparky (doo dah!). We enjoyed some yummy vegan treats from the potato people and other food trucks. Most of the packaging i noticed was biodegradable cardboard and paper. Nice!
Kate reflects on the Bleach* Festival experience @ Feast on Fifth last weekend:
"As I walked in to drop off my gear at the back of the stage on Saturday, I was quickly greeted by event manager and staff member Julia and Maddy. They were incredibly helpful and welcoming and so well organised!. The stash of guitar cases in the green tent told me that the rest of the band had already arrived.. as we walked in we noticed the relaxed and friendly vibe. The street had been transformed into an outdoor dining hall and more people were starting to arrive - the tables were already about 3/4 full and it was less than an hour into the event! They were enjoying the tunes of Harry J Hart and then Tully-John and Lisa-Jane. As the sun set, more people arrived - it was a great turnout from the Gold Coast community!
As we set up and began to play, I was overjoyed by the radiant smiles on either side of my felt hatted musical comrades, Kieran and Dave - who seemed to frame the band. They were both smiling ear to ear each time I looked at them. I could feel their energy beaming from their hearts. I know them well enough to sense that It's because we love playing music together. It's also because music lights us up. It's also because we could feel the incredible vibe that was rippling through the audience. We were having fun doing something that we loved and feeling good about it.
Said Sarah Dern, bass player: ‘The bleach. gig was an incredibly fun one! The organisers created a cosy, relaxed market vibe and it was pleasure to play for the gorgeous community who gathered to enjoy live music on the Gold Coast.’
We were stoked at the incredible turnout of friends and supporters who came along to see the band and captured a few of the faces of Leopold's Treat (see images). Thank you 'love tribe'.. I guess that name is here to stay! It came about at an October event held by the band at Tallebudgera Community Hall where over 150 people came along to a kind of extended house concert, a 'secret soiree'."
The next full band event looks to be in July and is taking shape right now so stay posted for more info for this intimate 'secret soiree', or join our mailing list at www.leopoldstreat.com
**THURSDAY 12th April | Trio | 8:30-10pm | Bleach Festival | Southport CBD street party. FREE EVENT. Other local acts too! Click HERE for event details, or go to: Bleach*Festival
**WEDNESDAY 18th April | Kate solo, supporting Matiu te Huki | Mo's Desert Clubhouse | 6:30-10pm | $10 | tickets here: www.mosdesertclubhouse.com
To find out about future events, you can sign up to our mailing list at: www.leopoldstreat.com OR drop in to our facebook page: facebook.com/Leopold's.treat OR for any enquiries please pop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHECK OUT THE IMAGE GALLERY BELOW TO SEE SOME SNAPS FROM THE EVENT, AND SOME OF THE "FACES OF LEOPOLD'S TREAT" - WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
Check out this video to get a feel for the real deal - some of the beautiful, homegrown music medicine that couples with the vibe of an incredible group of humans in a rainforest backyard. A massive tribute to Nuno Lopez of Noons Studio, for throwing this beautiful video together. Luckily, Nuno just lives two doors down from the Springbrook home of band member Kieran Richardt (slide guitar, didge, banjo, harmonies), who opened his doors for the final installment of our winter 'Secret Soiree' season. The Secret Soirees have been quite popular, with two sold out house concerts and a small number of privately hosted ones in between!
Leopold's Treat love to create unique spaces for sharing music, that are a little different from the regular Gold Coast venue. It is a delight to see such an incredible, connected and heartfelt response and the growing sense of community among friends and family of Leopold's Treat.
NEXT GIG: Sat 7th October, Tallebudgera Community Hall. TICKETS HERE.
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This was a pretty cool headline to be dropping in the lead up to our final winter Secret Soiree in Springbrook -
"OOPS - WE SOLD OUT!!
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO INFORM YOU THAT THE NEXT LEOPOLD'S TREAT SECRET SOIREE ON SUNDAY 30TH JULY
HAS OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT TICKETS, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT WITH YOU!"
The gorgeous Mr Nuno Lopez (Noons Studio) came along with his cameras and is in the progress of creating a short promo film clip that was filmed on the day! Thanks Nuno! Here are a couple of snaps:
This weekend we released our first professional video! To a cosy room full of beautiful people and good vibes. Not your regular music video, this little clip contains a snippet of whats beyond the surface of Leopold's Treat. Inspired song writing moments, connection, finding purpose and moving towards creating more of what you love in your life. Enjoy! And remember, when you give yourself permission to shine, others will feel more empowered to allow themselves to shine too.
Kate and Dan of the band dropped in to the living home studio of Guy Cooper and finished tracking for their new single Trust/Feel! Check out this little clip shared by Dan and get a taste of what is in the making.
Thanks to your feedback, we're shaping the bigger picture of Leopold's Treat. Who are we and what would you like to see? Felt like great questions in the spur of the moment and proved to be a worthwhile post as we got a really cool and informative response from a whole diversity of folks that have been supporting the band over the years. Together we create!
What an incredible year 2016 turned out to be, with an 'emerging artist' award, some incredible gigs and supporting causes for the environment! Leopold's Treat are now getting together behind the scenes and shaping up for what 2017 has to offer, including an 'intro to LT' video release, 'secret soirees' and some milestone gigs in April including East Coast Bluesfest Busking Stage and Surfers Paradise LIVE!
Me and the boys dropped in to chat with beautiful Gosha at Juice FM to talk about all things Leopold's Treat and share this song Ol' Mississippi. Get on board this old train, we're headin' down town ya.