Hipgrave at the Godiva Festival 2009
|Birth name||Daniel Hipgrave|
5 August 1975 |
|Genres||Indie rock, Britpop, hip hop, pop|
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. The band split in 2003 stating the reason as 'personal differences' then reformed in 2007.
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.
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- "Pop band Toploader split". BBC News. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
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- Levin, Angela (29 May 2006). "'I refuse to be called brave'". Telegraph.co.uk. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2 December 2008.
- Wood, Dave (11 April 2013). "Newcastle have crashed out of Europe, but local lass Hipgrave steals the show for ITV". Daily Mail. London.
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