River Matthews – The Islington, London – 08/11/17

River Matthews seems to be one of the solid, straight-up good guys of music. As a day-job, Matthews teaches music to children with learning difficulties, and it was years before he decided to give writing songs a proper crack.

Since then, he’s found himself working with world renowned songwriter Jamie Scott – and more recently, supporting Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on his sold-out ‘Human’ tour. His latest EP Sunshine also grabbed support from Spotify, BBC Radio 2, and features on Billboard, Clash and The Line of Best Fit.

TMB featured his break-out track ‘Stars’ not too long ago – and since then, Matthews has really placed himself in the forefront of the minds of anyone looking for the U.K’s next big singer-songwriter. We headed down to his cosy show at The Islington – although we reckon he could have sold out much bigger.

It’s not huge, The Islington – so it’s just Matthews onstage, with a backup electric guitar providing riffs and harmonies. However, you can probably hear his sublime vocals all the way over in Notting Hill. His repertoire of outstanding songs touch on soul, americana, folk and songwriter-pop, the array of genres bowling over the crowd. It’s a gig that promises sure signs of some complete gems on Matthews’ debut album.