A Hitch To The Sticks introduce a brand new regional event experience, As The Cocky Flies – a blues & roots travelling circus set beneath the big top

by the partae

From the team who for the last four years have delivered the widely celebrated regional festival A Hitch to the Sticks comes the brand-new roving concert experience, As the Cocky Fliesa regional blues & roots travelling circus and a dazzling fusion of live music and performance art, set beneath a big top circus tent.

Held over consecutive weekends in March and covering terrain in regional Victoria’s Mount Beauty and MoyhuAs the Cocky Flies features a colossal cast of talent for avid gig-goers of all ages keen to immerse themselves with entertainment in a reimagined playing field.

The bustling lineup, headed by unparalleled Ringmaster extraordinaire Barry Morgan, features the likes of ARIA-nominated soul-rhythm explosion Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, the iconic performer responsible for anthems ‘Black Fella White’ and ‘My Island Home’ andone of the nation’s greatest songwriters Neil Murray (Warumpi Band), sovereign of Victoria’s blues & roots scene and regional arts patriot Dallas Frasca, and much more. Elsewhere, exhilarating circus troupes will astonish with nail-biting feats of power and prowess.

According to the Hitch to the Sticks crew, As the Cocky Flies will deliver a sensory overload of blues & roots music and circus sideshow theatrics while sharing the magical atmosphere of performance plucked from a bygone era.

“There’s something magical about the atmosphere of a circus and live music coming to town,” they say. “The Ringmaster’s voice booming above the buzz of the crowd, the circus performers death-defying feats, the smell of carnie food, the looming decisions of which show bag to take home, local beers and wine and of course, there’s nothing better than dancing the night away.

“Add some of Victoria’s most beloved musicians into the mix and you’ve got an utterly satisfying cross-pollination of art forms, and something brand new for families and regional communities to enjoy and celebrate.”

An artistic eruption celebrating the long-awaited return of live music and entertainment to regional audiences yearning for sorely missed live entertainment, As the Cocky Flies is committed to providing a new event experience that emboldens cultural fanatics to venture back into the live entertainment space in a way they’d have never foreseen.

Tickets to As the Cocky Flies are on sale now and are only $33 +BF.

As the Cocky Flies
A regional blues & roots travelling circus 

Saturday 5 March 
 Mount Beauty / Dhuduroa Country, VIC
w/ Ringmaster: Barry Morgan + Circus performers
Emma Donovan & The PutBacks
Dallas Frasca, Rich Davies & Low Road
+ local performers TBA
$33+ BF

Saturday 12 March
Moyhu / Bpangerang Country, VIC

w/ Ringmaster: Barry Morgan + Circus performers
Neil Murray, Dallas Frasca,
Three Kings + local performers TBA
$33+ BF

As The Cocky Flies is proudly funded by:
Creative Victoria, Rural City of Wangaratta Council, Mount Beauty Shire, State Government and Commonwealth Government and “Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA)”, Collarts (Australian College of The Arts) and Music Victoria.

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