Drum n Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan aka THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY is on a mission to make people think, laugh and dance simultaneously. Described by Tom Robinson as “beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap”, his music brings together powerful messages and infectious rhythms. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks, masterful delivery, and feel-good grooves, this is music for the thinking person to go wild to. Think Natty meets Eminem … on a protest march … at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Renowned for the electric atmosphere at their shows, Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Green Man and The Secret Garden Party, as well as many European festivals. As the music clocks up over 11 million Spotify streams, the band have been clocking up motorway miles, touring relentlessly across the UK and Europe each year. Of course, Covid has been tough for the band, with their Spring 2020 tour for the release of the FOOL BRITANNIA single – one of their most highly charged, political songs – rescheduled three times before finally going ahead in Autumn 2021. But the comeback was worth the wait, with sold out shows across the country.

To follow that tour, THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY will now embark on his Spring 2022 tour as follows:


Wed       30           PLYMOUTH                                           Junction

Thu         01           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

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, 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.

Tickets here:                                        https://undercoverhippy.com/gigs

Listen to FOOL BRITANNIA:              https://undercoverhippy.bandcamp.com/track/fool-britannia

Watch the video for BOYFRIEND:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGDmPlVU9cc

Since the release of their second album, TRUTH & FICTION, the band have been hard at work on the follow up. The first single, Fool Britannia, a polemic on the divisiveness of Brexit and populist politics, was released to coincide with the original UK tour in 2020 although Covid clearly had other plans.

The new album, scheduled originally for October 2020, is now set for release in October 2022, with the second single THESE DAYS to be released in June. Originally written as a call to arms to those who have given up partying due to getting older, the song found an unexpected new meaning when lockdowns confined us all to our homes, with the chorus – “You all know what I mean when I say, I don’t get out a lot, I don’t get out a lot these days” – being true of pretty much everyone around the world.