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.