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Georgia: Everyone is invited to become part of Circus Mircus

The circus is in town. Specifically, Circus Mircus is in Turin. The band is here to represent Georgia at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. And we’re all invited – not only to watch, but also to join, should we so wish!

Circus Mircus, Georgia, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 2 May 2022EBU / Nathan Reinds

The group have taken to the PalaOlimpico stage and rehearsed their song, Lock Me In. Mercifully, they are very happy with how it went. Or at least in the most Circus Mircus fashion of expressing such satisfaction.

It was great. It was unexpectedly great – because we did not know what to expect.

📺 Watch: Circus Mircus – Lock Me In (Official Music Video)

All artists competing in the Eurovision Song Contest have their reasons for being here. For some, it’s the thrill of representing their country. For others, it’s to launch an illustrious pop career. Or for others, it’s to promote their latest album. In the case of Circus Mircus, it’s with a manifesto in mind, with an end game of some potential recruitment.

We thought that this would be a great way to share our beliefs and our philosophy and our state of mind, and to gain lots of new followers, too. We are here on a mission. Not just to win, but to get as many people as possible to join Circus Mircus. Everybody and anybody.

Circus Mircus, Georgia prepares for the first rehearsalEBU / Andres Putting

This all-inclusive, open-door policy is for real. And it would seem that the group are just as flexible when it comes to roles within the collective, as they are with membership to it.

If anyone – and we mean anyone – wishes to be part of Circus Mircus, they can do so. We are the musical part of Circus Mircus, sharing this ideology and philosophy. But it doesn’t matter who you are when you are in Circus Mircus. Identities are overrated. There is no place for egos in art. That’s why we decided to cover our faces.

Sonically unique, Circus Mircus encompass a myriad of genres, intricately reflecting the inner world and the life experience of each band member. The cornerstone of their philosophy lies in the complete neglect of musical frameworks. Formed in Tbilisi, Georgia, by three local circus academy dropouts, one wonders if they have fond memories of their time in circus training. One moment sticks out more than others…

It was when I was a lion tamer. I couldn’t stand the sight of animals being captured and kept in captivity. So I released the lion. And that was probably the worst circus act of my life. The lion did not bite anyone or harm anyone. He just went home, somewhere on a savanna. I’m completely against keeping animals in the circus. All sentient beings are equal and none of them should be kept in captivity.

📺 Watch: Circus Mircus – Lock Me In (Exclusive Rehearsal Clip)

So that’s where the Circus part of their name comes from. And the Mircus?

Circus Mircus. It’s like Money Shmoney. Expensive Shmensive. There is no meaning – just enjoy it, be happy.

If you’re tempted by possibly being indoctrinated into the Circus Mircus manifesto, you can check out them performing Lock Me In for Georgia in the Second Semi Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday 12 May.

📺 Watch: All 40 Songs Official Recap

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