Q&A Scene: A HITCH TO THE STICKS Special: Nicky Bomba

Nicky Bomba is on the line-up for the inaugural A HITCH TO THE STICKS bus trip. He answers a few questions for us before the festival hits the road:

About the A HITCH TO THE STICKS festival:

What does A Hitch To The Sticks mean to you? 

I love the idea of connecting music with people in a different setting. The Hitch to the Sticks team have come up with something oustide the box and its exactly what we need now. 

At what point of the bus trip are you performing? 

I’d like to tell you but I would have to kill you afterwards. Alright then, well one event is the Moyhu Pub on Sunday 18th March but the other event is a secret.

What can we expect from your performance? 

Just the usual mayhem-singalong-what the hell is happening now-did i really say that standard fare…

What excites you about appearing at this event? 

The AHTTS Team have come up with a novel idea for connecting the dots with the out of town goodness and wicked music. I think the live setting is where it’s at now…people want to reconnect with real stuff.

A bit about you:

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?  

I’m presently knee deep in Melbourne Ska Orchestra recordings and producing but I always perform live which is a thing in its own right. The immediate experience with an audience is an album/single/tour in itself!

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

The Melbourne Ska Orchestra is doing a bunch of Movie Theme songs in Ska which is hilarious and epic in one breath.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.    

Once I went to El Salvador instead of Salvador Brazil. I was numb in shock for 24 hrs at my oversight…  I didn’t know there was a Salvador in Brazil….

What, or who, inspires you?  

Life, existence, people, nature

What’s next for you?

I’m just in the world of making the best music I can as often as I can.  The Melbourne Ska Orchestra is in the middle of ‘One Year of Ska’ where we are realising a song a week for one year. 52 songs!! mayhem!

What’s your scene?  

Music, Nature, Love, Creation, Zen, Happiness.

 [pullquote]”If you find yourself at the same party as Dallas, make sure you’re match fit.” Sarah McLeod, The Superjesus [/pullquote] Ever wanted to hitch a ride onboard your favourite band’s tour bus? Fantasised about starring in the next Almost Famous film? Well, listen up, because Dallas Frasca is about to give you precisely that chance with what is guaranteed to be one of the musical highlights of the year.
The powerhouse Aussie frontwoman and rock and roll icon is throwing a world-first music festival set to take punters on the road this March. Taking place over three days, A Hitch To The Sticks Music Festival is a unique band-tour-meets-VIP-experience that gives audiences a glimpse at a touring musician’s lifestyle in a three day regional bus tour of hand-curated music events, gigs and festivals. With Frasca as your guide, passengers will navigate some of North-East Victoria’s hidden musical gems and undiscovered live music venues and events all from the comfort of your own rowdy, airconditioned tour bus.
For 50 lucky ticket holders, the adventure begins in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday 16 March where the Hitch To The Sticks bus will commence boarding. From there the tour heads North to six secret locations and four public events across Violet Town, Lima, Myrrhee, Tatong, Thoona, Wangaratta and Moyhu until the musical safari touches back down in concrete town on Sunday 18 March.
Transporting passengers direct to the cream of the crop of Regional Victorian music and culture, Dallas has packed a massive lineup of local gigs, events, festivals and experiences into the three day tour, to shine an unforgettable light on the immense musical talent hidden in the quiet corners of our land. Some of the exclusive experiences along the way will include a hedge maze “artist hunt” where punters must follow the music to discover live local artists playing throughout the maze; a rock & roll slumber party in cabin style accommodation (limited VIP upgrades available); celebrity hitchhikers and an intimate live performance by a very special international guest.

“There is something special, indescribable, about experiencing live music in regional Victoria. A travelling music festival on wheels? Sign me up! Music Victoria loves regional live music.” Nick Cooper, Operations / Program Manager Music Victoria.
For those who can’t make it onboard the tour, there are plenty of opportunities to join the disembarking passengers and meet the legendary bus at four public events throughout the tour. This includes the sixth annual Wangaratta Down By The River Festival – a free event offering a kaleidoscope of flavour, music, activity and culture curated by Frasca herself, as well as a bunch of local ticketed events across the weekend.

With the full lineup dropping soon, Dallas and the Hitch To The Sticks team are excited to reveal the first couple of performers eager and ready to board the festival bus – conductor of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and all-round reggae luminary Nicky Bomba and Beechworth-born singer songwriter Liv Cartledge.

At just 21 years old Liv’s oaky tones and disarming lyrics have captivated audiences around Australia and beyond, with her debut EP Timber an incredible first glimpse of a destined rising talent. Relentless traveller and performer Nicky Bomba is an absolute staple of the local reggae/funk/jazz scene and has contributed to just about as many musical endeavours as he has footprints on the earth. Liv’s regional Victorian roots and local knowledge together with Nicky’s worldly prowess and love of community are sure to make the inaugural A Hitch To The Sticks Music Festival one heck of a kumbaya.

So get ready to sit tight, buckle up and play corners with some new friends when the wheels on the Hitch To The Sticks bus go round and round this March.

3 days |10 music events | 30 acts | 710km | 1 bus

Hitch To The Sticks Festival 2018
Friday 16 March – Sunday 18 March
North-East Victoria

Tickets on sale now via www.ahitchtothesticks.com
Limited to only 50 tickets.
Accommodation, travel and some food and drinks provided.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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