Jake Bugg Lightning Bolts It To Manchester Apollo


Mad fer it: Jake Bugg's coming to Manchester!

Following the release of his eagerly anticipated third album back in June, Jake Bugg's coming to Manchester next week to kick off his UK tour. With tickets swiftly selling out for the first show, another date for the following night was soon added, so if you missed out the first time round (like I did) you can still grab a ticket for Wednesday 19th October!

Bugg: "it's make or break"

The teenager from Nottingham burst onto the scene in 2011 at the age of 17 after submitting material to the BBC and then performed on their ‘Introducing’ stage at Glastonbury. His self-titled debut album was released the following year and propelled to no.1. The second album Shangri La followed in 2013, not to the same hype, but still peaked at number 3 in the charts. This has led Bugg to brand his new release as “make or break” while also for the first time being solely responsible for the writing and producing, hence the title On My One.

Fast-paced electric meets slow acoustic

The album packs a punch with plenty of tracks with the signature Bugg sound being a blend of fast paced electric (Bitter Salt, Gimme the Love), slow acoustic full of rhythm (On My Own), fast acoustic beat - similar to Lightning Bolt (Put Out the Fire) and the melodic spin on ballads (Love, Hope and Misery). However the album also contains new sounds with the American folk-rock inspired Livin’ Up Country and the Bryan Ferry-esque smooth harmony of Never Wanna Dance. There is also a questionable foray into rock-rap (Ain’t no Rhyme.) Nonetheless the album altogether certainly deserves recognition and a listen. Bugg develops his distinct sound while proving, like many contemporary greats such as Weller, he isn’t afraid to explore different genres outside his comfort zone.

Top 5 Jake Bugg Tunes

5. Love Hope and Misery 

4. Messed Up Kids

3. Two Fingers

2. Lightning Bolt

1. Broken 

Love, hope and misery

One of the stand out tracks from Bugg’s third effort declares “They say it comes in threes, love, hope and misery.” Well this cannot be applied to his three albums as the latest enforces his position as a prominent talent in the youth of the British music scene.  

Jake Bugg is live at the Manchester Apollo on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October

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Written By

Joe Ward

A big fan of music, food and drink in Manchester (not necessarily in that order...)