Drum & Bass MC turned singer-songwriter, Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is one of those artists who defies genre.
Described by Tom Robinson (BBC6Music) as being “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and The Sleaford Mods”, his music brings together powerful messages, infectious reggae rhythms, and a lyrical flow more often associated with the hip-hop scene. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel-good groove, this is music for the thinking person to shake their arse to. Think Natty meets Eminem… on a protest march… at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Renowned for the electric atmosphere of their live shows, Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, and many more. As the music clocks up over 9 million streams on Spotify, the band have been itching to get back on the road clocking up motorway miles, touring relentlessly, with over 80 shows and festival appearances across the UK and Europe each year. Highlights have included headlining alongside The Cat Empire, Grandmaster Flash and The Skints at Eden Festival in Scotland, playing to thousands of festival-goers at Buskers Bern in Austria, and making a much-anticipated debut appearance to a 2000-strong crowd at Boomtown Fair near Winchester.