Local Kent Talent CoCo and the Butterfields to Play in London’s O2
June 29, 2012
By: Neelam Saredia
Local Kent band ‘CoCo and the Butterfields’ are set to play in the UK Live & Unsigned competition final, which will take place on July 14th at the O2 in London. Since the band’s beginning in 2011, they have become rapidly known throughout the South East, where their audiences just continue to grow.
The band features a guitar, vocals, a violin, banjo, double bass and unusually a beatboxer. In effect, they create a whole new genre of music; acoustic ‘Fip Fok’, which is a fusion of folk, pop and hip-hop. Through playing mostly their own songs and also unique covers, they explode with originality and bring a fresh taste to the music scene.
In the past they have played in Canterbury high street and in local pubs and bars including intimate gigs in The Cherry Tree and The Ballroom, and more recently, they’ve stormed their way through Portsmouth and Brighton’s Live & Unsigned semi-finals. They have been labelled as ‘potential winners’ by the judges, and now they even have the chance to play to massive audiences at the O2, alongside popular artists such as Ed Sheeran.
Despite the band’s success so far, it seems that this has had no effect on their down-to-earth personalities, and they can still be seen playing in Canterbury’s streets and parks. By taking this to the O2 and staying true to themselves, hopefully bands with raw talent like ‘CoCo and the Butterfields’ can soon work their magic on the mainstream.