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The Undercover Hippy Back On The Road For 20-Date Tour – New Album Soon…



Bristol-based drum ‘n’ bass MC turned singer-songwriter Billy Rowan is better known as The Undercover Hippy, who BBC 6 Music host Tom Robinson describes as, “Like the love child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods …”

The Undercover Hippy’s mission is simple: To make people think, laugh and dance simultaneously. He will do just that on the 20-date UK tour which kicked off at the end of March in Plymouth, and takes in Scotland, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham’s hip Actress & Bishop venue on Sunday 10th April, and continues across the country until 1st may in Dorset (see all dates and ticket link below the video…)

Former chart star Tom Robinson, now a respected radio broadcaster and taste-maker, goes on to call Billy’s alter-ego: “Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap”.

His music brings together powerful messages and infectious rhythms, combining provocative lyrics with catchy hooks, and feel-good grooves.

Billy and his band have performed at Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Green Man and The Secret Garden Party, as well as many European festivals.

As their music clocks up in excess of 11 million Spotify streams, the band have toured relentlessly across the UK and Europe each year, until the pandemic halted them in them in their tracks. Their Spring 2020 tour for the release of the “Fool Britannia” single was rescheduled three times before going ahead in Autumn 2021 – with sold out shows across the country.

“It wasn’t until my ability to tour was suddenly snatched away from me in 2020 that I realised how much I needed it,” explains Billy. “There is something about that sweaty, visceral, completely ‘in the moment’ experience of playing to a crowd that simply can’t be replicated through a screen.

“Over lockdown, it became apparent to me that it’s these interactions, these moments of sharing and connecting with audiences, that fuel all the other aspects of what I do. Without them, I found that my drive to create began to dry up; that my belief in the value of what I do became diminished.

“Then in October last year (2021), we managed to finally set off on our rescheduled UK tour, and suddenly everything made sense again. The new material that I’d been agonising over in my bedroom for more than a year, was at last performed with the weight of my band behind it; and bounced off the ears and smiling faces of crowds across the country.

“This is the pay-off. Not the number of Spotify plays I can rack up, nor the number of likes on a carefully curated Instagram post, but the chance to connect, face-to-face, and see my music lift both us and the audience into a heightened state of aliveness.” Amen to that Billy!

Since the release of their second album, “Truth & Fiction”, the band have been crafting the follow-up long player, “Poor Little England”. The first single, “Fool Britannia”, is a polemic on the divisiveness of Brexit and populist politics.

The new album, originally slated for an October 2020 release will now see the light of day in October this year (2022) – second single “These Days”, will be released in June.


Wed       30           PLYMOUTH                                           Junction

Thu         31           TOTNES                                                  The Barrel House


Fri           01           FALMOUTH                                           The Chintz

Sat          02           BIDEFORD                                              The Palladium

Tue         05           NEWCASTLE                                          Cluny 2

Wed       06           GLASGOW                                             Room 2

Thu         07           EDINBURGH                                          Voodoo Rooms

Fri           08           SETTLE                                                    Victoria Hall

Sat          09           SHEFFIELD                                             Greystones

Sun         10           BIRMINGHAM                                      Actress & Bishop

Wed       13           NEWPORT                                             Le Pub

Thu         14           SWANSEA                                              The Bunkhouse

Fri           15           LLANDRINDOD WELLS                        Pavilion

Wed       20           LONDON                                               Hootananny

Thu         21           GUILDFORD                                          Boiler Room

Fri           22           NEWPORT                                             Strings Bar & Venue

Sat          23           BRISTOL                                                 The Fleece

Fri           29           SHOREHAM-BY-SEA                             Ropetackle Arts Centre

Sat          30           CAMBRIDGE                                          Junction


Sun         01           DORSET                                                  Teddy Rocks 2022







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