The young Sheffield-based singer-songwriter is appearing at the Sheffield venue tomorrow night as a support act to another up-and-coming local talent, the Doncaster teenager John Lennon McCullagh.
Matt, who is 20 years old, is a former member of Sheffield band Dave Woodcock and the Dead comedians.
He said that he learned a lot from them about writing and playing.
He says he plan to take on the Sheffield scene with ’60s-style and ’60s-influenced rock and roll.
His influences range from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton and The Beatles .
He has been busy recording his first album, Clarity Over a Clouded Mind, which is due for release later this year.
Matt released first single Nowhere Town last November and the video of the song is available on YouTube. It can also be downloaded on his Facebook page.
He plans a second single release soon.
Matt’s backing band tomorrow night are Richard Hunter, Lee Bradley and Ollie King.
Matt shares his love of Bob Dylan’s music with bill-topper John Lennon McCullagh.
The 16-year-old has already been signed to Oasis guru Alan McGee’s 359 label.
John recorded his debut album, North South Divide, at Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield with McGee producing it.
He has played as support for Richard Hawley and Babyshambles twice each, as well as Paul Heaton, The Strypes and Alabama 3, among others.
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Matt Willoughby, O2 Academy