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

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 Flies, a 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 Moyhu, As 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’ and one 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 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.





Dallas Frasca – BOTH GIGS




Please contact us directly through the contact page, we are more than happy to cater any needs. 

As The Cocky Flies supports Companion Card. Where a cardholder has purchased a festival ticket, they will have to complete a Companion Card Registration Form prior to the festival. The Companion will then be issued a companion ticket to bring with them on the day. Please contract info@ahitchtothesticks.com for more details.  

Further information about Companion Card can be found at www.companioncard.org.au or telephone the Companion Card Information Line on 1800 650 611.

We consider the health and safety of all our patrons, crew and artists.

– You will be required to show your vaccination certificates on entry.
– If you have an exemption you will be required to show it on entry.
– Failure to do so will result in a cancellation of your ticket and forfeit of your ticket fee.

As The Cocky Flies will take both cash and cards. Bars, merchandise and vendors will also take cash and cards.

All venues are undercover. Program will continue rain, hail or shine.

Tickets are available via this website and eventbrite.

*As the Cocky Flies  uses the services of eventbrite.com. You will be redirected to the ‘As The Cocky Flies’ ticket pages on eventbrite.com to complete your ticket transaction.

Due to a limited No. of seating per show, kids under 5yrs are free but must be seated on a lap of a parent or guardian.
**Offer limited to one child per adult
*** If more is required, you will need to purchase a full-price ticket.

As the Cocky Flies will honour refunds for all tickets purchased through Eventbrite. Ticket holders can request a refund through their Eventbrite account or send an email to info@ahitchtothesticks.com. The team will automatically refund any outstanding tickets within two weeks.

There is a range of delicious food choices from our Festival food stalls on site.

There are no designated car parking areas at the Festival, but Mt Beauty & Moyhu are a small town and street parking is usually available (some subject to limitations) just a short walk to the festival site. 

The Information tent is located just as you enter the festival, behind the ticket desk. It is open during Festival hours and is designed to assist people enjoying the Festival. 

For any queries before the festival please contact info@ahitchtothesticks.com

We will not be having an official festival program this year. All details can be found on our website or socials.

First Aid will be operated at the information tent on site for the duration of the Festival.

No pets are allowed at the festival. Guide Dogs are permitted.

There will be a strict no chair policy. This is primarily to allow everyone to view the acts in comfort in our tiered seating configuration, under shelter and for the safety of all patrons, including yourself.

Unfortunately we will not have a cloak room, you will be responsible for your items.

The festival itself does not offer camping but there are plenty of sites you can explore.

You are not permitted to bring alcohol into the Festival.  To comply with Victoria Liquor Licensing laws, please be aware that bags will be checked by security at the Festival entrance.

Only sealed or empty plastic drink bottles can be brought into the site for water only.  The Festival has several licensed bars for your drinking pleasure.

The Festival is held in two locations over two consecutive weekends.

5th March – Mt Beauty, Les Peart Oval, Vic

12th March – Moyhu, Vic (Opposite Pub)


5th March – Mt Beauty 

  • 12:30pm & 6:30pm

12th March – Moyhu

  • 12:30pm & 6:30pm