MUSIC – The Virtual Playboys


What’s your favourite cover song? Or do they all sound the same to you?

With the rise of the cover one of the most hotly talked about music revivals of 2021, one band – or should we say – one-man-band – are ripping up the music rulebook once and for all.

Yes, it’s The Virtual Playboys. 

Having streamed on Facebook and performed online – these guys do a little more than sing the odd ballad. If you can really call them guys at all. 

The face behind the characters is the enigmatic Billy Curtis, who plays all the roles – and creates all the music.

This is a virtually simulated band, with characters – not people. 

Think the Gorillaz of this decade – but with so much more. 

Whilst the risks of live events to continue to be an issue, The Virtual Playboys’ covid-secure performances are wowing audiences world-wide with classic Queen songs and many others. 

‘It’s all about diversity,’ says singer Billy Curtis. ‘The comedy aspect of us just makes people naturally smile, as well as us looking very different on a screen. Who wants to be just the Average Joe kind-of-group when you can be so much more with the help of the Internet?’

This is a band who are showing you really can be whoever you want to be – and make the audience laugh in the process too.

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