PABLO's HIPPOS BBC Introducing York and SINE FM - Record of the week

Absolutely Class Live. Very much looking forward to seeing them again.”

Jericho Keys, BBC Introducing York and North Yorkshire


RELEASE - 27.09.19

"Violet Contours have released some excellent songs since they formed in 2016; "Airstrike" and "Pixar" are my favourites, but without doubt "Pablo's Hippos" take the boys to another level. This song deserves loads of airplay and success. Jericho Keys made it his record of the week on BBC Radio York. I can't wait to hear it live again and i hope to catch them at The Crescent in York next month. Ben, Sam, Niall and Danny have knocked it our of the park with such a banging tune!"

- With Just A Hint Of Mayhem ​​​​​​​


Supported by BBC introducing, Fred Perry sub-culture, Chalk-pit records and many more, Violet Contours have gone from strength to strength since their inception.

Mixing high energy indie with an Afro-pop twist the York based four-piece have garnered a strong and growing following in their hometown and further afield.

After spending some time recently in the studio working with an award winning team (Credits include : The 1975, Jake Bugg, The Gaslight Anthem, James, The View, Amber Run etc) - the Violet Contours are all set to release their most focussed and infectious material yet.

The York Four - Piece are set to release their new single 'Pablos Hippos' on 27.09.2019 and will be gigging extensively towards the latter half of 2019 to promote their new material.


In the 1980s, one of the world's most infamous drug lords, Pablo Escobar, smuggled four hippos into Colombia for his personal zoo. This was a product of excess and a moment of indulgence with a distinct lack of foresight.

Eventually Escobar's lifestyle caught up with him in 1993 when he was gunned down on a rooftop by the Columbian National Police. Like much of his empire his private zoo fell in to a state of disrepair. The Hippos, native to the African continent, made a successful bid for freedom, escaping in to a local river system.

The escapees have now multiplied and current estimates suggest around 40 of one of Africa's most dangerous animals now live in Columbia's waterways. 


Previous events

Date Event Location
Violet Contours @ The Crescent The Crescent Community Venue , York The Crescent Community Venue , York
The Norman Rea Gallery Opening The Norman Rea Gallery , York The Norman Rea Gallery , York
Violet Contours @ West Street Live West Street Live , Sheffield West Street Live , Sheffield
Violet Contours @ Lending Rooms Lending Rooms , Leeds Lending Rooms , Leeds
Violet Contours @ Adolescent Festival York Racecourse , York York Racecourse , York
Vinly Eddie Label Launch Violet Contours Headline Fibbers, York Fibbers, York
Violet Contours Headline Chalkpit Records Norther Tour York York
Violet Contours Chalkpit Records Northern Tour Cafe Totem, Sheffield Cafe Totem, Sheffield
Violet Contours Chalkpit Records Northern Tour Wharf Chambers, Leeds Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Violet Contours Chalkpit Records Northern tour Jimmys , Manchester Jimmys , Manchester
Violet Contours supporting Glass Caves FIBBERS, York FIBBERS, York
Chalkpit Records Northern Launch Party OPORTO, Leeds OPORTO, Leeds
Violet Contours at The Vicky Vaults York York
Violet Contours supporting HONOURS The Crescent Community Venue , York The Crescent Community Venue , York
VIOLET CONTOURS supporting Sounds Like a Storm West Street Live, Sheffield West Street Live, Sheffield
THE NIGHT AND DAY SHOWCASE Night & Day Café, Manchester Night & Day Café, Manchester
Violet Contours with special guests // Courtesy of Scruff of the Neck The Fulford Arms , York The Fulford Arms , York
Landed Festival 2018 York Racecourse , YORK York Racecourse , YORK
Adolescent Festival 2018 York Race course, YORK York Race course, YORK
BruteFest 2018 Rothesay Rothesay