Dan Hipgrave

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Dan Hipgrave
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Hipgrave at the Godiva Festival 2009
Background information
Birth name Daniel Hipgrave
Born (1975-08-05) 5 August 1975 (age 42)
Brighton, England
Genres Indie rock, Britpop, hip hop, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1997–present
Labels S2 Records
Associated acts Toploader

Daniel "Dan" Hipgrave (born 5 August 1975, in Brighton, England[1]) is a musician and writer, best known as the guitarist of the indie rock band Toploader.

Early life[edit]

Hipgrave studied psychiatric nursing at the University of Sussex, until he left in 1996 to devote his time to his band.[1]

Music career[edit]

In April 1998, Toploader signed a six-album deal with S2 Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records. They went on to tour worldwide in their own right, and as a supporting act to Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi. Toploader's debut album, Onka's Big Moka, released in 2000, sold over two million copies. The album featured various chart hits including their cover of "Dancing in the Moonlight" and "Achilles Heel", and "Only for a While". Toploader's second LP, Magic Hotel, was released in 2002 but, despite it entering the UK Albums Chart at number 3, the band were dropped by their label.[2] The band split in 2003 stating the reason as 'personal differences' then reformed in 2007.[2]

Other work[edit]

Hipgrave has turned his attention towards writing and television work, making a number of appearances in both media. In 2008 Hipgrave appeared as the resident travel expert on BBC2's Market Kitchen as well as reporting live from Radio 1's Big Weekend in Maidstone for BBC One.[citation needed]

He has written articles for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Mail on Sunday and other publishing outlets.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hipgrave married TV presenter Gail Porter in 2001;[3] they have one daughter, Honey, from the marriage. By 2004 they had separated and later divorced.[4]

In August 2007, Hipgrave announced his engagement to television and radio presenter Lynsey Horn marrying her on 8 November 2008 at Langley Castle, Northumberland.[5]


  1. ^ a b "My Weekend : Dan Hipgrave". Evening Times. 29 July 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Pop band Toploader split". BBC News. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 1 December 2008. 
  3. ^ Carpenter, Louise (3 August 2008). "Gail Porter interviewed". The Observer. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Levin, Angela (29 May 2006). "'I refuse to be called brave'". Telegraph.co.uk. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Wood, Dave (11 April 2013). "Newcastle have crashed out of Europe, but local lass Hipgrave steals the show for ITV". Daily Mail. London.