Rixton, Sheppard - Koko, London

Current X Factor contestants Only The Young have had a bit of a rocky ride after a promising start. If they’re needing any tips to further their career after the show, the boy / girl combo should look no further than Brisbane’s Sheppard to see how it’s done. The six piece are fronted by siblings George and Amy Sheppard, with sister Emma also part of the band on bass.

The group released their debut album Bombs Away back in July. It’s a great pop collection that’s gone down extremely well back home, with breakthrough single ‘Geronimo’ knocking them dead worldwide. If Facebook is to be believed, the song is one of Spotify’s 20 most streamed tracks around the world, with over 700,000 plays per day!

Sheppard’s short Koko stint was a fun affair, with the aforementioned tune, the Summer sounding “Smile” and moody closer ‘Halfway To Hell’ the obvious stand outs. The band haven’t taken off in the UK yet but it’s still early days. They’ve performed a few shows over here though, building up a fanbase, including opening the main stage at V in the Summer And taking a leaf out of Tiffany’s book, playing a series of sets in shopping centres throughout the country. We may not see them across here for a while again mind you, as they’ve just announced they’ll be helping to bring booty back, supporting Meghan Trainor in the States on her first major tour next year.

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Koko headliners Rixton are also making waves in the States. The Manchester band led by vocalist Jake Roche have performed several shows in the US, including sets at Austin’s SXSW, grabbing a fair amount of fans along the way, but it’s the UK where I imagine their most devoted reside, with fans queuing up early in the morning for a front row position at their largest headline show to date.

Although the band have only released one single, the chart topping 'Me And My Broken Heart', the ecstatic crowd seemed to know a lot of the songs on offer, many of which I'm sure will appear on forthcoming album Let The Road, including single number two 'Wait On Me' and the track co written with Ed Sheeran 'Hotel Ceiling'. Jake and the boys also had space to throw a few covers into the mix, with 'Sing' by the aforementioned Ed and the previously talked about Miss Trainor's 'All About The Bass' just a couple of the tracks on show.

The group came across as likeable upstarts and seemed to be having lots of fun onstage, joking with the crowd and taking time to read all their signs held aloft. Jake seemed to throw everything into his performance, including his cherished hat, which he luckily got back in the end, although a bit crumpled!

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