Matt Cooper is an opera singer based in France who is passionate about bringing new music talent to Bordeaux. With a deep love of music, food and wine, he tells Culture Trip why the breathtaking countryside of Bordeaux is the perfect place to set up a vibrant new music festival – University Battle of the Bands.
Matt Cooper has always loved performing, particularly playing the clarinet and saxophone as part of an ensemble. He attended Birmingham Conservatoire then ENO Operaworks, and has been lucky enough to work with Grange Park Opera, Buxton Opera Festival and Longborough Festival Opera.
Today, he is putting his experience to good use by helping younger generations realise their dreams of performing music. Having been a young artist himself dealing with the struggles of breaking into the industry, he wants to give a platform to young people to be discovered and appreciated.
[LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT] Elephantasy Collective from Oxford University are coming to play this summer! Have a listen to some extracts on their Instagram page Elephantasy_collective Come and support this eclectic band bringing positive soul vibrations to the festival this year. They take inspiration from Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, D'Angelo and many more… Tickets are available at www.ubotb.com #unsigned #studentmusic #oxforduniversity #vulturesessions #oxfordlivemusic #livemusic #beautifulpeople #dorfest2017 #france🇫🇷#whatodothissummer #supportlivemusic
This year is special because the festival opens up the French market to the English bands and vice versa. ‘Hopefully in years to come we can open up to more countries. The council of our local commune, Grand-Brassac, has voted unanimously to support the festival and host it behind the beautiful church in the centre of the village,’ Matt explains.
[LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT] Chameleon from Bristol University are coming to play this summer! Check out their Instagram for more information @chameleon.band Chameleon are a popular rock and indie band formed in Bristol. They won first prize at the Bristol University battle of the bands 2017 and we can't wait to see them perform! Influences come from The Killers, Muse, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Catfish and the Bottlemen and White Stripes. Tickets are available at www.ubotb.com #unsigned #studentmusic #battleofthebands #chameleon #mrwolfsbristol #bristoluni #bristollivesoc #livemusic #talentedmusicians #dorfest2017 #france🇫🇷#summerfestival
‘We really want to make UBOTB a great success. Growing it from a boutique festival where we know everyone, to one that students, locals and tourists know and talk about, and are willing to travel to, has probably been the most challenging aspect. That’s one reason why we are building the app and have expanded to include French universities – to spur local interest.’
[LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT] Toby Charles from UCL is coming to play this summer. Have a listen here https://m.soundcloud.com/toby-randall-1 Come and support this 19 year old singer/songwriter who is based in London. His main influences are taken from Jeff Buckley, The Black Keys, Ben Howard, Bob Dylan, James Vincent, McMorrow and Radiohead #unsigned #studentmusic #ucluniversity #uclmusic #ucllivemusic #livemusic #talentedartist #dorfest2017 #france🇫🇷
‘The highlight is always when the musicians get on the stage and realise how supportive the crowd is: if you think about it, everyone is on holiday, they’ve probably travelled a bit, the setting is beautiful, wild and fantastic, and everyone is in the mood to rock!’