Review: Jake Bugg @ Manchester Apollo – Manchester

Jake Bugg

Having seen Jake Bugg many times previously, I was very excited to see what he had to offer with his tour of his new album, On My One. This album is different to his previous two in that he is now the principle songwriter, giving us a real insight into the man himself.

Bugg kicks off the night with some acoustic songs including, one of my personal favourites, Simple As This. This was the first point where Jake got the whole crowd immersed in his simplistic but very beautiful performance, we were hanging on to his every word.

Despite a smoke bomb disturbing the performance, Jake Bugg’s show was minimalistic yet flawless. He really gives the music the chance to speak for itself and it does not go unnoticed. The full band set then began with the classic Two Fingers which went down incredibly well. The mix of meaningful lyrics and simple melodies makes Jake Bugg a raw talent. Other highlights included Love, Hope and Misery, Trouble Town, and Taste It, all of which turned the crowd into a gospel choir.

The real beautiful moment was during Bugg’s solo performance of Broken. This is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever seen performed live and many audience members were left teary eyed by this incredible rendition.

Nottingham-born Bugg then finished his set with his biggest hit, Lightning Bolt which ended the night on a real high. Despite some awful crowd members setting off smoke bombs and disrupting the night, Bugg’s performance was as wonderful as always and gives credibility to the statement that sometimes less is more.


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Review by Jack McCabe | @JackMcCabeIMN

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