Matthew and the Atlas
“The British Bon Iver” – Q Magazine
Fresh from a sell-out European tour supporting Bear’s Den, it is with great joy that we announce Matthew & the Atlas will be bringing their blissfully textured music to the headline slot of Poltimore Festival this year, on Sunday 28th May.
If the trickling streams and wild fields of their Hampshire hometown could be translated into sound, then Matthew & the Atlas are just that. The quintet is fronted by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional landscape gardener Matthew Hegarty. Holding Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the late Leonard Cohen as the greatest influences to his song-writing, Hegarty’s breathtaking music has caused Q Magazine to hail him “the British Bon Iver”.
Set in the grounds and eaves of the atmospheric Poltimore House, Matthew & the Atlas will form the serene apex of the festival. The band were the first signing of UK label Communion Records, who have subsequently released Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Gotye, Daughter, Catfish & the Bottlemen and more. Their recent album Temple is a tender-hearted follow-up their 2014 debut Other Rivers, resonating the depth and emotive ambiance that the band has become synonymous with. With MOJO praising Matthew & the Atlas’s “tunes that possess the dusty, muscular appeal of Springsteen”, it is clear that all festivals goers are in for a mesmerising finale.
With the advent of Temple, Matthew & the Atlas have been dabbling with art inspired by each of the album’s songs. After becoming interested in photographs of abandoned buildings, Hegarty decided to team up with photographer friend Dave Watts, to create a photo project linked into the release of the record. The pair travelled to various locations across Devon and Cornwall, with Watts shooting Hegarty in the wilderness, a tiny figure moving through a vast, desolate landscape, a small man in a big world; but one most definitely about to make his mark on it.