The Undercover Hippy / UK Tour

The Undercover Hippy



Like the love child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods …” TOM ROBINSON | 6 MUSIC


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:                                    

Listen to FOOL BRITANNIA:      

Watch the video for BOYFRIEND:


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.


Politically charged reggae that sticks two fingers up to the powers that be …” FRESH ON THE NET


A powerful masterpiece that weaves together humour and shrewd political commentary to create a catchy, fun, and renegade protest album that could not be more relevant …” ON THE BEAT MAGAZINE


The combination of catchy tunes, rhythmic vocal style and socially aware, often amusing lyrics is a recipe that is difficult to nail without seeming preachy or dull, but this succeeds where many fail …” E GIGS










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