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Monday, 1 April 2013

Music Review: Jake Bugg @ Leicester O2 Academy


Jake Bugg

If you have not heard of this young Nottingham lad then you must be living under a rock. These last few months Jake Bugg has certainly been making an impression on the music scene.

His show at the Leicester O2 academy was packed, a sell-out night and highly anticipated. After seeing an impressive set by Hudson Taylor the extremely talented guitarist took to the stage playing pretty much the entirety of his platinum-selling debut album.

Jake kept it short and sweet, polite but brief throughout, crowd interaction not exactly key to the set as he quickly said good evening to the massive and cheering crowd and swiftly began to play. I suppose with such an impressive and popular array of songs one can do so.

A seemingly solo venture, aided to his left side by a very large selection of beautiful acoustic guitars to pick and choose from. He worked through the songs with style and grace, a very raw performance as if the stage were his second home.

The only complaint I could possibly have was the thick Nottinghamshire accent proved rather difficult and confusing to grasp at times (and this is something I very rarely experience, I actually study in the city now).

However, this did not really matter as the recognisable and cleverly constructed music meant  it did not take long to guess the tracks as he effortlessly went through them, favourites including 'Two Fingers', 'Seen It All' and the evident and highly demanded (by the screams) encore 'Lightning Bolt'.

The crowd sung, stomped and clapped along throughout the evening, the lights dashing across them for the more upbeat tracks before returning to spotlight for the more soulful and slow. The funniest moment of the night? Jake giving us an awkward wave before he sauntered off stage, leaving the cheers and whistles behind him.

Overall, it proved itself to be a fantastic and fun-filled night in the company of an incredibly talented teenager that one can't help to admire. I can certainly see why the UK festival circuit are desperate to nab him this summer, he is certainly not one to miss and I can not wait to see him again!

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