Jake Bugg took to the stage at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on Friday night as part of his sold-out UK tour
A simplistic set-up of backing drummer and guitarist to accompany Bugg was the staging for this highly anticipated gig; initially booked to perform at Sauchiehall Street’s intimate ABC, Bugg was quickly upgraded to the 2,000+ capacity of Glasgow’s O2 due to overwhelming demand.
Tracks from both Bugg’s debut album and EP shaped the set; EP “Taste It” was released earlier than scheduled due to the buzz surrounding Jake Bugg and his indie/folk sound that has gained him favourable comparisons to both Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash and saw him support Noel Gallagher on tour in the US.
However, it seems Jake has learnt very little about showmanship from the cool and charismatic Gallagher; his interaction with his audience didn’t extend beyond briefly introducing every other track and he struggled to maintain punters attention at the more somber points of the set.
Bugg certainly kept the best for last with signature songs, “Two Fingers” and “Lightning Bolt” whipping the crowd into a frenzy; rowdy singing making Jake barely audible.
A rousing take on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” saw the gig end on a high note.
The demand that came with the announcement of this gig late last year and the warm welcome it provoked in punters more than hints that Bugg’s popularity is far from under threat, it’s his longevity that could prove an issue.
However, still a teenager, Bugg has the time and undoubtedly the talent to master his craft to the full; in a few short years we could see him swap awkwardness and poor confidence for charisma and cool.