Video of the Moment #256: Matt Abbott

By on Wednesday, 21st April 2010 at 6:00 pm

You know Wakefield lad Matt Abbott as the witty, wry frontman for pop duo Skint and Demoralised. To ready himself for a solo career, he’s shed his long locks and donned a track suit. Thankfully, those are the only things that have changed. Footy is still a bit part of his life: he still roots for Leeds United, but also offers his esteemed opinion in a weekly recap of the footy situation on a series of YouTube videos (this link is for the most recent one), as well as appearing as a guest on BBC Radio 5Live and was the resident footy poet on Yorkshire Radio. He still stumps for Love Music Hate Racism every chance he gets, even giving talks to students about the cause. In late October 2009, he launched a new club night in Wakefield called Burn Down the Disco (please tell you do know where he got this name?) and now DJays regularly. In short, I have come to the conclusion that the man does not sleep.

Somehow between all of this Matt found the time to record new solo material. Now he’s getting set to take on the world with a new single, ‘I Love This City’, an ode to his beloved Wakey. It’s a bit different than his previous S&D works – a dancey electrohouse vibe is underneath it all – but it’s fresh, fun and captures why he adores his hometown.

And just in case Wakefield isn’t ‘your’ city, don’t fret. He’s even started a Facebook group so you can tell the world why you love your town.


The debut single from Matt Abbott, ‘I Love This City’, will be released on 31 May on Mercury Records.

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