Hailing from Westside Melbourne, The Hackkets are a band made up of members with and without disability, and are part of the JOLT Arts community. Having been incubated by Footscray Arts Centre for 25 years, The Hackkets originally focused on covers, immersing themselves in universal classic hits that win over even the most hardened in-car sing-along scrooge. Since 2011, they have channelled their love of such classics into their own songs.

Singers Victoria Rockchick (keys/vox), Stuart Flenley (guitar/vox) and Peter Tolhurst (guitar/vox) bring three distinctly different approaches to the songs they co-write in the band. Stuart merges his twin heroes Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra with a sense of humour that invariably breaks through, while Victoria has crafted her own Rock Chick persona through which she projects a rebel without a cause for the smart-phone generation. Rounding out the band is drummer Andrew Paganella who has been keeping the band in time since 1999. Of the drums, Andrew says, ‘I chose drums because I want to get somewhere to make the crowd jump out. Once I switched to drums, I stayed.’ The Hackkets is facilitated by legendary musician/singer/songwriter Suzannah Espie.

Gigging for over two decades, The Hackkets have performed extensively throughout Melbourne and beyond: Adelaide Fringe Festival; Seddon Festival; Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA); Murrindindi Festival; White Night Geelong and more.



Footscray Community Arts, 45 Moreland St Footscray 3011


Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm. Plus social activities. During Terms. Not on public holidays.

2024 Dates:

During Terms

Mentoring Artist:

Suzannah Espie




Victoria Rockchick

Victoria Rockchick

VICTORIA ROCKCHICK voice///keys Victoria Rockchick is a singer and keys performer with The Hackkets. In recent years Victoria has been writing songs for The Hackkets repertoire including her most recent hit Girls Night Out (2022 Hullick Studios Label). Victoria's work...

Stuart Flenley

Stuart Flenley

STUART FLENLEY MUSICIAN /// VISUAL ARTIST   Stuart Flenley is a musician, songwriter, sonic and visual artist. Flenley is a vocalist, guitarist and works with electronic sound. Visually Flenley has focused on drawing mediums and video art. Flenley sings and plays...

Andrew Paganella

Andrew Paganella

ANDREW PAGANELLA drum kit Andrew Paganella is the drummer for The Hackkets. In recent years Paganella has been supporting the band as they writing songs for The Hackkets repertoire including tracks for the latest album release (2022 Hullick Studios Label). Paganella's...

Peter Tolhurst

Peter Tolhurst

PETER TOLHURST voice///guitar Peter Tolhurst is a singer and guitarist with The Hackkets. In recent years Tolhurst has been writing songs for The Hackkets repertoire including their latest album So Faar, So Good (2023, Hullick Studios Label). Tolhurst's work with The...