(bohl-ee) A 'bowlie' is an indie kid with a bowl haircut (hair cut with a bowl on your head), particularly popular in Glasgow in the 1980s. More generally, it is a label for people who listen to indie music (specifically indie-pop).

The term was further popularised by the Bowlie Weekender - a one-off music festival curated by Belle & Sebastian at the Pontin's Holiday camp in Camber Sands, Sussex, held Friday 23 - Sunday 25 April 1999. The event was the inspiration for All Tomorrow's Parties, a music festival held at the same venue in Sussex every year from 2000 until it moved to Butlin's Minehead in 2006.
"the dream of all the bowlie boys who hang around you - I'm no different from the rest"
by lowerwolf March 01, 2010
Originated in Portsmouth, England in the mid 80’s, meaning Retard
"that guy from Southampton, is proper Bowlie"
by BeAsT May 07, 2005

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