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Joseph Washbourn (Toploader) Godiva Festival 2009.jpgJoseph Washbourn
Background information
OriginEastbourne, East Sussex, England, UK
GenresPost-Britpop, alternative rock
Years active1997–2003
LabelsS2, Epic
Underdogs Music
MembersJoseph Washbourn
Dan Hipgrave
Matt Knight
Rob Green
Past membersJulian Deane

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.


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Studio albums
    • 2.2 Compilation albums
    • 2.3 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


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.[1] 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.[1] After an extended hiatus, Toploader signed a one-album deal with Underdogs Music[2] 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 28 April 2012, they performed at the University of Gloucestershire Student Union Summerball. They also performed at Aberystwyth University's May Ball on 11 May 2012. In May 2012, they played at Lakefest festival.[3] They also played at the Tiree Music Festival in July 2012. During 2012 the band agreed to act as patrons for a UK-based children's charity called 'Time Is Precious'.[4] In November 2012 they performed a gig in Frome, Somerset with all proceeds going to the charity which helps ill children and their families.

In 2013, Toploader released a new single "Turn It Around", co-written with Eg White and produced by Andrew Green. The song is included on a four-song EP. In the summer of 2013 they headlined the LeeStock Music Festival in Suffolk and the AmpRocks Festival in Bedfordshire.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Pop band Toploader split". BBC. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Underdogs Music". Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Lakefest 2012: Line-up 2012". 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "LeeStock Headliners Announced". Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b "TOPLOADER - The Official Charts Company". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  8. ^ a b Peaks in Australia:
    • "Dancing in the Moonlight": " – Discography Toploader". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
    • Onka's Big Moka: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  9. ^ a b " – Discography Toploader". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Toploader". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  11. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ T - Tzant". Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 

External links

  • Official website

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