Going to Glasto? Jake Bugg (Westlands, Yeovil – Feb’13)

Jake BuggAhead of this week’s Glastonbury Festival, we’re dipping into our archives to re-post reviews of acts playing. You can watch Jake Bugg on the Pyramid Stage at 2pm or the Acoustic Stage at 3.30pm on Friday 28th June. 18-year-old Nottingham lad Jake Bugg surely doesn’t need an introduction by now. Having topped the charts, opened for The Stone Roses and won fans in Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher, his skyward trajectory continues to soar as he embarks upon yet another sold out UK tor. Tickets for his gig at Yeovil’s Westland Leisure Complex were being sold online for over double the face value, which highlights the progression of this young sensation in recent months. The venues get bigger with each tour and his date in Somerset provided a great opportunity to see him play in an intimate venue before the inevitable happens and the arena gigs flow. Jake Bugg opened his eighteen-track set with the crackly nostalgic “Fire”, which harped back to the days of Buddy Holly and early Bob Dylan. The song, which was originally recorded in a council house kitchen, seemed to blend into the howls and croons of Robert Johnson, who had been bellowing through the PA prior to the arrival of young Mr Bugg. The mixture of electric and acoustic material worked to good effect, giving some of the football hooligan-like fans a chance to let off some steam during the rowdier numbers such as “Taste It” and “Lightning Bolt”. Their antics would be silenced in an instant during the more emotive heart melting sing-along ballads. Banter with the crowd was as expected – non-existent. This added to the unfazed Gallagher like cockiness of the Fred Perry clad star. Bugg put the night to rest with an old school rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”. This drove the crowd into a lively stomping bounce around. This rounded off an emphatic performance from an act who has just announced his biggest UK tour to date and will be a big hit on the festival circuit this summer. Review by Rhys Buchanan