Toploader are a British alternative rock band from Eastbourne who formed in 1997, with over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, sold over one million units and remained in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for over six months. However, they are recognised most of all for their cover of King Harvest’s US hit “Dancing in the Moonlight” written by Sherman Kelly, which became a global hit for the band. Their second album, Magic Hotel, reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart. Their third album was released in 2012, their comeback single “Turn It Around” was released in 2013.
Toploader’s live career began playing with Coldplay and Muse in small venues across the UK. They later went on to back Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi, becoming the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium.
The band had a huge hit with their first album, Onka’s Big Moka, which was released in 2000. It debuted at number five in the UK charts. They released a second album, Magic Hotel, in 2003. The album was vilified by critics and failed to match the success of the first. They struggled with a backlash from the UK music press and their single, “Time of My Life”, could only make it into the Top 20. They would soon be dropped by their record label S2. After an extended hiatus, Toploader signed a one-album deal with Underdogs Music for their third album, which was released in June 2011. The album’s title was Only Human, and the first single from it, “Never Stop Wondering”, was released on 14 March 2011. Another single, “A Balance to All Things” (featuring a remix from Ash Howes), followed on 20 June 2011.
The present band line-up contains four of the six original members; Joseph Washbourn, Dan Hipgrave, Rob Green and Matt Knight.
On 22 June 2014, they performed at the Headlander Festival. The Headlander Festival is a small UK family friendly festival held on the ground of Stockport RUFC in Bramhall, with the first two-day event being held over June 21 and June 22, 2013. The two-day event attracts around 6,000 music fans each year.
The Festival is designed to be accessible to families with children of all ages and features three stages for live music, a trade village, foods from around the world and music workshops.