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Billy Salisbury aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the UK's best independent festivals. The band have been regulars at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Sunrise Celebration, Boomtown, Electric Picnic in Ireland, Eden Festival in Scotland, plus many more around the UK and Europe.

The music is best described as politically driven acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel-good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Devoted fans travel the length of the UK for shows, audibly singing along with every chorus.


“Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap”
“Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods”

  • Tom Robinson, BBC6Music

“Delivers big, weighty messages with an optimistic and entertaining light-heartedness”

“A solemn reminder that even the most powerful are fallible”

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

“The band lit up the venue with their tongue-in-cheek yet poignant music”

  • ClunkMag Review

“Insanely infectious” **** (Truth & Fiction album review)

  • Liverpool Sound & Vision

“Politically charged reggae that sticks two fingers up to the powers that be”

  • Fresh on The Net, Christopher McBride

“This is about as real as music gets!”

  • Andrew Marston – BBC Introducing

“Ten tracks of excellence…nothing short of a triumph! 9/10”

  • Due South West (for “Monkey Suit”. Read full review)

“The Undercover Hippy kept me thoroughly entertained with singer-songwriter Billy Rowan’s amusing observations delivered via his witty lyrics and catchy choruses. This Bristol band has mastered the art of imparting political ideals on an audience who were totally involved with their MC style vocals and chilled reggae vibe.”

  • review of Eden Festival 2015 (Read full review)

“His combination of catchy tunes, rhythmical vocal style, and socially aware (but often amusing) lyrics, is a recipe that is difficult to nail without seeming preachy or dull, but Rowan succeeds where many fail.”