Music Monday: Jake Bugg, O2 Academy Glasgow

Jake Bugg took the Academy by storm with his new rock persona during a two day, sold out stint in Glasgow.


Warming up the vocal chords the Glasgow crowd sang along to the iconic ‘Waterfall’, The Stone Roses, gearing themselves up for the sing along that was to ensue when Bugg and his two-piece band swaggered on stage.

Comparisons with Oasis and Bob Dylan have been thrown all over the place since the 19 year-old boy from Nottingham became the youngest Brit to have a number one album, released October last year, but Glasgow saw a man take the stage and perform to standards that are worthy of those comparisons.

Songs fuelled with gritty past experiences in ‘Seen It All’ where the singer recalls “taking a pill or two” before witnessing a stabbing, ‘Two Fingers’ with the popular lyric “skin up a fat one, hide from the feds” to the new upbeat, Brit rock songs appearing on his second album the show was a mix of new and old.

The release of one number one album hasn’t been enough for the man being hailed as the saviour of British music.

As Jake Bugg starts the UK leg of his sold out tour he is returning from Malibu where legendary producer, Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, and Johnny Cash) has helped put the final touches to Bugg’s second album, Shangri La aptly named after the idyllic location, and Rubin’s studio, where it was recorded.

Unheard tracks such as ‘Pine Trees’ and ‘Songs about Love’ brought the rowdy crowd to a standstill with the power of Bugg’s voice and mesmerising melodies showcasing the gift for writing and singing a proper ballad he has.

Chants of “Jakey, Jakey Bugg, na na na” stopped the show midway through with the singer-songwriter clearly taken aback by the adoration he was receiving from the crowd with his trademark scowl brushed from his face as a massive grin appeared before a deafening response was received after the first chords to ‘Broken’ were played.

Jake Bugg and co. performed a stellar show with an even variety of slow ballads and rock surges with Shangri La making a definitive appearance during his stint in Glasgow, all songs going down successfully, but nobody is really expecting any less than a success from album number two are they?