Yannis Philippakis

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Yannis Philippakis
Yannis Philippakis - Foals - Roskilde 2011.jpg
Yannis Philippakis performing at Roskilde Festival 2011 with Foals.
Background information
Birth name Yannis Barnabas Emanuel Philippakis
Born (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 30)
Karpathos, Greece
Origin Oxford, England
Associated acts
Website www.wearefoals.com
Notable instruments

Yannis Philippakis (born 23 April 1986) is the lead singer and guitarist of the British indie rock band Foals.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Greek father and a South African-born Ukrainian-Jewish[1] mother (Renee Hirschon),[2] Philippakis left Greece with his mother when he was five years old.[3] His father taught him traditional folk songs and dances.[3] He was raised in the Greek Orthodox religion.[4]


Philippakis was educated at Magdalen College School before reading English Literature at St John's College, Oxford. He dropped out before taking a degree.




Philippakis formed Foals in 2005 with friend and former Youthmovies frontman Andrew Mears after the break-up of his former band The Edmund Fitzgerald, which also featured his Foals bandmate, drummer Jack Bevan.

Other musical projects[edit]

In a BBC 6 hub session interview, Philippakis expressed his desire to write a 'ballet with beats'.

Intentions to develop his Bins Are For Bombs project with former Foals and Youthmovies member Andrew Mears appear static, but may be rekindled at some point in the near future.

Yannis produced the track "Wolf" on Trophy Wife's 2011 EP Bruxism.[5]


He performed as an actor in an adaptation of Marguerite Duras' Moderato Cantabile, directed by Alexander Zeldin.

TV appearances[edit]


  • Never Mind the Buzzcocks

With Foals[edit]



External links[edit]