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Live Review : Jake Bugg @ O2 Academy Brixton

Wednesday night, Jake Bugg performed the first of three sold out gigs at O2 Academy Brixton to a very excited and extremely diverse crowd.

For those of you who were hiding under a rock last year, Jake Bugg is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Nottingham. He’s single ‘Lightning Bolt’ became an instant classic and since then he has released other big hits, ‘Two Fingers‘ and most recently ‘Seen It All’.

The show kicked off with songs from his first self-titled album, before giving us a preview from his new album ‘Slumville Sunrise‘. Half way through the concert, Bugg cut everything back and went solo with his guitar to perform a few acoustic songs. It was here that you can truly appreciate how strong and consistent his voice range really is. Bugg remained pretty silent between songs giving a modest and shy impression; he needn’t be however, the crowd stayed engaged for his popular songs, but also for his new ones.

My favourite part of the performance was during the encore. He came out to a roaring crowd and sung the beautiful ballad ‘Broken’. The lyrics to this song are touching, and to witness the whole crowd singing along with him was a moment that won’t be forgotten. He surprised the crowd by singing a cover of Neil Young’s ‘My My, Hey Hey‘ flawlessly, finishing the set with the crowd’s favourite ‘Lightning Bolt’.

If you were unable to score tickets to his shows this month, never fear since he will be performing more shows in February to support the release of his new album.

Written by Michelle McGee

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