By Lauren Simpson
Jake Bugg’s star has been rising at lightning speed, with his self-titled debut album climbing straight to the top of the charts at the end of last year, not to mention a cheeky support slot on Noel Gallagher’s American tour.
His set at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on Friday night was a delightful mix of solo acoustic tracks, such as Country Song, and full live tracks with his band. There were times when I felt like I was at a Bob Dylan concert, with Jake’s slick style on Something As Simple This displaying songwriting skills that sound far more mature than his 18 years.
Jake shared his love for the Glasgow crowd, admitting it was one of his favourite places to play, and it was clear to see why – who wouldn’t want to play to deafening cheers and chants of appreciation?
He kept the crowd waiting for his biggest hits Lightning Bolt and Two Fingers, which he sang at the end of his set, along with nearly everyone in the venue. That being said, there were very few tracks that didn’t induce mass sing-a-longs – clearly a lot of those album sales were in Glasgow!
Returning to the stage for his encore, Broken, Jake’s acoustic version of the song was haunting, his painful words echoing round the Academy. He then jumped into a cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, which was simply brilliant.
There is nothing to fault about Jake Bugg; he plays and sings effortlessly, with very little chatter on stage, but you can tell he is humbled by the appreciation from the crowd. A very impressive set from the new boy in town – long may his reign continue.