Drum and Bass MC turned singer-songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. 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 the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. 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 Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Support – Smiley & The Underclass.
Formed in 2014, Smiley & The Underclass are a punky reggae explosion from London via. Japan, the UK and the Caribbean (think Bob Dylan meets The Clash and King Tubby down a dark alley). Mind-melting guitars collide with razor-sharp lyrics and crushing basslines to move your mind, body and soul.
Releasing their debut album last year (Rebels Out There, recorded with Mick Jones of The Clash and UK Dub pioneer Nick Manasseh), they've spent 2018 smashing up venues from Japan to Europe to the UK, including sold out shows from Tokyo to London and packed out tents at Boomtown and Shambala Festival. As raw as Slaves but as melodic as The Skints (with a lyrical dose of IDLES-esque dystopia for good measure), the Underclass carry a sound to unite all punk rockers and roots rebels of the modern era.
Their urgency is real. With planetary chaos on the cards and social unrest all-over, Smiley & The Underclass are the perfect soundtrack for these times. The revolution is here, all you have to do is tune in...
Limited number of early bird tickets £8, then £10 in advance • 8pm-1am