'Sundays arvo's in July' at Copacabana International, 139 Smith Street Fitzroy. Copacabana is opening its doors for hip gigs instead of its usual hens parties and latin dancing lady babes who dazzle 60th birthdays, starting this Sunday.

Featuring musical babes Total Giovanni fresh from DarkMofo, Dick Diver, Beaches, Misty Nights Dj's, and others. 'Sundays arvo's in July' is co-curated by Ali Bird and Aarght Records as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival.


To get more of an insight into the lady behind the lunchtime gigs, I had a chat with Ali Bird about how it all began, mornings and her love for celery.

J Forsyth: When did Morning Ritual begin?

Ali Bird: Morning Ritual started a couple of years ago as an event for Melbourne Music Week. The event at Copacabana is called Sunday Arvos in July. We've ditched the Morning Ritual name for this event, yep confusing I know.

JF: How did you come up with the idea for Morning Ritual? (now 'Sunday arvo's in July')

AB:Random ideas pop into my head all the time, this one just happened to get off the ground, and people seem to like it!

JF: Why Copacabana?

AB: We wanted somewhere different and when we first went and checked it out, it immediately felt right. There were salsa lessons happening there, a gold curtain falling down at the back of the stage, fake flowers, a tropical mural at the door. Super dated, but hilarious. Also the owner was so nice and relaxed and easy to deal with.

Screen shot 2014-07-04 at 1.46.14 PMImage- Andy Donohoe. Beaches, Morning Ritual, 2013.

JF: Do you seek out the bands for your events or do they come to you? Or both?

AB: We curate a line-up of music we love.

JF: Are the bands playing signed to Aarght Records?

AB: Hierophants are signed to Aarght but that is the only Aarght band in the line-up this year.

JF: How do you feel about Monday mornings?

AB: Strangely I love Monday mornings. I like to get up and get the week started.

JF: Tuesday mornings? 

AB: I like Tuesday mornings less than I like Monday mornings. I'm probably more likely to eat toast for breakfast on a Tuesday morning, but Monday morning is definitely more of a muesli yoghurt blueberry vibe.

JF: Mornings in general?

Depends. I swing from being a night owl to an early riser. If I'm jet lagged I'm up at 5 or 6 am and it is so nice being up before the rest of the neighbourhood, seeing the sun rise, taking your time, early morning light is so beautiful.

Screen shot 2014-07-04 at 2.58.54 PMImage- J Forsyth, Morning Ritual, 2014

JF: Do you have events coming up for Melbourne Music week again?

AB: Can't reveal anything at this stage.

JF: What is your ultimate venue to host a morning Ritual gig?

AB: I haven't thought about it. I love the penthouse suite in really expensive hotels. But not for a gig, just for me.

JF: What would be your ultimate band to play at a Morning Ritual gig?

Is this the same as asking what your one desert island disk is?

AB: How important to the event are bloody Mary's?

JF: Not that important, but it's nice to give people what they want.

AB: How many Bloody Mary's are you likely to drink at the gigs?

JF: Well, I'm running the show, so I'm not really going to be focussed on ordering drinks at the bar. But no doubt I'll have one or two. Mostly for the celery. I love celery. And tabasco. And tomato juice. I always drink a tomato juice on planes.

Screen shot 2014-07-04 at 2.58.32 PMImage- J Forsyth, Morning Ritual, 2014