Live and Unsigned Champions set for Stockton Weekender
By Ciara Johnson
Saturday 28 Jul 2012 08:14:00
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The newly crowned champions of Live and Unsigned, Coco and the Butterfields, are set to perform at Stockton Weekender as part of their competition prize on Sunday 5 August.

The Canterbury band took away £10,000 to develop their music and an incredible 18-date summer festival tour. They were crowned Live and Unsigned champion at Proud2 within The O2.

The act first won the Indie & Alternative Grand Final with their genre crossing brand of ‘Fip Fok’ (a combination of Hip-Hop, Folk and Pop) on Saturday night before being announced as the overall Live and Unsigned 2012 Champion.

As well as heading to the Weekender, Coco and the Butterfields will now tour the country taking in 18 dates including Tour Music Fest in Rome, Fields Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Festibelly, Glass Butter Beach, Just So Festival, Bingley Music Live, Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival and London Summer Jam.

Coco and the Butterfields beat more than 10,000 other acts to eventually win the biggest competition for original performers in the UK. As well as winning £10,000 to spend on development they will receive £10,000 worth of publicity investment, and an animated music video worth £10,000 courtesy of Gavdude.

Along with Ras Kwarme, other judges on the day included: Kerrang! Unsigned presenter Alex Baker, Kiss FM Breakfast Presenter Charlie Hedges, NME New Music Editor Matt Wilkinson, one half of Artful Dodger Mark Hill,  Universal A&R man Solomon Penumuchi, Metal Hammer’s Dayal Patterson and Si Hulbert who produces for Ed Sheeran & One Direction.

Another unsigned Battle of the Bands winner opens the Weekender Main Stage on Saturday 4 August. The Panoramic beat off over 40 other local acts to be crowned winners of the Vela Edge competition.

As a part of Vela Group’s partnership with Stockton Weekender, they invited local bands and musicians to audition to win the opening slot on the Main Stage on Saturdays line up.

Stockton four-piece indie-pop act The Panoramic impressed judges and crowds alike with their catchy tunes and tight performance.

The two acts join a line up featuring The Pogues, James, We Are Scientists, Simon & Oscar of Ocean Colour Scene, The Go! Team, Willy Mason, Jake Bugg and an array of other stars.

Tickets are selling incredibly fast and are priced £20 a day, £30 for the weekend and £50 for camping. Ticket prices will increase further on the gate.

As last year each adult ticket entitles the holder to 2 free Under 14s tickets. Tickets are available online from or call  01642 606612 .


The Panoramic


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