Gig Review: The Undercover Hippy @ Thekla 20/5/17
by Polly Hember
The Undercover Hippy, the reggae-hip-hop outfit fronted by Billy Rowan, launched their new album Truth & Fiction, ending their May tour at Bristol’s Thekla on a high. Anyone who has heard of or had the pleasure of seeing Rowan perform knows that his live sets never disappoint, with his energetic and playful performance and a brilliantly unique unification of rap, roots reggae, hip hop, pop and folky singer-song writing. Confronting the current issues in the middle East, America and the UK, Rowan’s renegade protest music has always succeeded in delivering astute and provocative songs with a fantastic optimism.