Matt McGowan heads home

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He reached the final of the national Live and Unsigned competition at the O2 Arena last year and has played at Camden’s legendary Roundhouse.

Now, Portchester pop singer-songwriter Matt McGowan is launching his debut EP with a hometown show tonight.

‘I started playing music quite late. I was 16 before I picked-up the guitar.

‘I came from a non-musical family. I was the black sheep playing music,’ he laughs.

‘I had always sung and I started writing straight away after I started guitar,’ he continues.

Matt studied music at Fareham College and then Bristol Institute of Modern Music.

‘I gigged for fun back then doing covers but I picked-up a fanbase.

‘For the last year or so, I’ve been pushing my own material because I got some interest after Live and Unsigned, he explains.’

Along with his nearly-sold-out Square Tower show, Matt’s got gigs coming up at Bournemouth Beach Festival, Pull The Plug in London and at Victorious Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard later this month.

‘I played the acoustic stage at Victorious last year,’ remembers Matt. ‘It was sunny all weekend, but when I got on stage, it started hammering down. I thought I was going to get electrocuted!

‘It’s even bigger now. There are are much bigger acts this year. It should be really good fun.’

Tonight’s gig starts at 7.30pm, with support from Katharine Rose and Nathan Newman.

Tickets include an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink from Jimmy’s Iced Coffee on arrival and digital download of the EP (released tomorrow).

They cost £8 in advance from or £7 on the door from 7pm.