Hot off a number 1 UK album and preparing for a support slot on Noel Gallagher’s US tour, Jake Bugg entertains the cool and trendy Camden crowd at KOKO tonight. He must be pinching himself since the fateful day he uploaded his track to BBC Introducing website and unleash his talent to the masses. However, his introvert persona and abundance of ‘coolness’ clearly gives off the impression that he takes all this in his stride and just believes in the music he’s producing.
Playing tracks mainly from his début self-titled album, Jake Bugg displays that, whilst his bluesy/folk inspired music may not be bang on trend, it’s obviously filling a void that the UK music youth were waiting for. Most well known single ‘Two Fingers‘ gets a huge reaction, probably one of Jake’s most ‘easily obtainable’ tracks from the album.
You would think that the ideal live setting for a gig by Jake Bugg would be a small, smokey, underground blues bar where a hushed tone would compliment his folk dylan-esque drawl and country inspired guitar picking. KOKO is definitely not that, but with belters like ‘Trouble Town‘ and ‘Lightning Bolt‘ picked from the arsenal, this venue is more than rocking! Jake switches the pace and keeps the crowd onside pulling out a beautiful acoustic performance on ‘Saffron‘
Not much of a talker (a part of his performance he may need to work on) Jake says little if nothing between tracks. It would be easy to use the old cliché ‘he lets the music do the talking’ but sometimes the crowd need to feel they are part of this crazy journey too. Let’s not forget also, this guy is young and it seems that everyone wants a piece of him right now. If he can deal with this media spotlight and keep focused on the music he’s making, tonight’s live show proves, that Jake Bugg has a huge future ahead of him.