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Friday, September 29th, 2017
We are pleased to be welcoming The Undercover Hippy to The Palladium for the first time + Support TBC Tickets: £10 Adv + booking fees online, £12 on the door The Undercover Hippy Bio; Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. After 7 years spent DJ'ing and MC'ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy swapped the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. Although he still occasionally does solo gigs, he now usually plays with a full band, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, percussion and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Jason Mraz meets The Cat Empireon a protest marchat the Edinburgh Fringe. Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK's best festivals, including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, Sunrise Celebration, Ireland's Electric Picnic, and many more. After starting out playing solo, Billy now has a Bristol based 5 piece band consisting of Jack Beddis on drums, Zak Ranyard on bass, Andreas Millns on keys, and Mathew Pharaoh on Congas. 2015 was an epic year for the band, with a jam packed summer of festival appearances and shows across the UK and Europe. Highlights included headlining alongside The Cat Empire, Grandmaster Flash and The Skints at Eden Festival in Scotland, playing to 1000's of festival goers at Buskers Bern in Austria, and making a much anticipated debut appearance to a packed audience at Boomtown Fair near Winchester. 2016 looks set to be the bands busiest year yet, with 2 tours booked already, and numerous festivals across the UK and Europe. "Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music "About as real as music gets" - Andrew Marston, BBC Introducing truly electrifying... delivers big, weighty messages with an optimistic and entertaining light-heartedness - On The Beat The band lit up the venue with their tongue-in-cheek yet poignant music - ClunkMag Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods - Tom Robinson, BBC6Music Insanely infectious **** - Liverpool Sound & Vision politically charged reggae that sticks two fingers up to the powers that be - Fresh on The Net, Christopher McBride "Combining intelligent, amusing, and often politically charged lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Jason Mraz meets The Cat Empire...on a protest march...at the Edinburgh Fringe" - Music Mafia