Jake Bugg: Birmingham – live review

Jake Bugg
HMV Institute Temple, Birmingham
18 December 2012 

Live review

A rescheduled Birmingham date for the man of the moment Jake Bugg.

An 18-year old kitted with an acoustic guitar and unique talent visited Birmingham’s HMV Temple, going by the name of Jake Bugg.

This year has seen the Jake soar from the streets of Nottingham to a self-titled album that full of timeless pieces and fantastic song writing putting him among some of the best, later hitting the number one spot of course.

Jake took to the stage (reasonably late may I add) and opened with ‘Kentucky’ – b-side to the single Taste It. From the very first note, Jake’s vocals were absolutely fantastic, somehow better than on the album.

Songs from his self-titled album filled the rest of the setlist but hit singles ‘Two Fingers’ and ‘Taste It’ were the most appreciated – making Jake battle with the crowd to be heard.

‘Simple As This’ was where the crowd witnessed Jake’s phenomenal vocal capacity and powerful, captivating lyrics. Finishing his set with the tune that put everyone on the Bugg bandwagon, ‘Lightning Bolt’ churned out.

‘Country Song’ and ‘Green Man’ featured in his encore before being cheered off the stage by a pleased and impressed crowd.

Jake Bugg has a bright future ahead of him, filling us with hope for the future of the music industry. What’s in store for Jake next year?

All words by Lucy Thompson. You can read more from Lucy on LTW here.

Image by Andy Hughes.

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