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Isle of Dogs musician reaches Live and Unsigned competition final

PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 15:09 25 June 2012

Live and Unsigned finalist Matt Hodges performing at Dingwalls, Camden

Live and Unsigned finalist Matt Hodges performing at Dingwalls, Camden

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A musician from the Isle of Dogs has spoken of his pride at reaching the final of the Live and Unsigned competition.

Matt Hodges, 20, is one of 80 talented musicians who fought off 40,000 rivals across four different categories to reach the final of the contest.

Matt will be competing in the acoustic category, which is one of four in the final, to be held at the Proud2 venue in the O2 Arena on Saturday July 14.

Speaking to The Advertiser, he admitted he is nervous at the prospect of competing in the final, but is nevertheless relishing the challenge it will present.

“I’m nervous, but excited at the same time. Most of all, I’m really proud to get to the final, so I’m looking forward to it”, he said.

Orignally from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Matt moved to Burrell Wharf Square in the Isle of Dogs two years ago. He first started playing the drums aged six, and has developed his musical talents ever since, most notably through playing the guitar and piano and singing.

He credits playing regular live gigs in pubs in the East End as being crucial to his development as a musician, and has enjoyed a regular slot for a year and a half at The Ship in Westferry Road.

He said: “It’s given me a good following, It’s always good to play in a local environment so you get to know your audience, and it means that I’ve got lots of support in the area now.

“The Ship have helped me sell tickets, and I’m hoping to be able to bring about 100 people along to the final to support me.”

The overall winner of the final will receive £10,000 to spend on developing their act, as well as the offer of a UK tour and help in publicising their music and brand.

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