REVIEW: Jake Bugg at Splendour in the Grass
At 3.20pm on day two of Splendour in the Grass a 19-year-old and his guitar took the stage. A 19-year-old by the name of Jake Bugg.
From the second he stepped out to perform under the Supertop, it was obvious Bugg has an extremely humble character, coming across totally unaffected by his growing stardom. But as soon as he opened his mouth and put those vocal chords to the test it was apparent there is far more to Mr Bugg than his modest exterior.
In a forest-green polo, black jeans and sneakers, Jake kicked off his set solo with the down-beat jam, ‘Fire’ before launching into his second track with full band.
Hitting with a crowd-pleaser early on, the British lad had the audience in high spirits with his track ‘Seen It All’ instantly managing to fill the Supertop with happy summer vibes.
It could have been the earlier time slot allowing natural sunlight to be injected into the tent, but Jake’s stage set-up was devoid of fancy lighting displays and effects, which meant there was nothing there to distract from the star’s killer vocals.
Regularly switching between electric and acoustic guitars throughout the show, Bugg managed to keep the crowd in full swing by mixing up the energy between tracks. A powerful acoustic performance of ‘Broken,’ left the audience in complete awe of the star’s undeniable natural talent.
It’s no secret that everyone loves a good cover, and old-school rockers in the crowd were treated to a perfect rendition of one of Jake’s “favourite songs,” - Neil Young’s ‘My My, Hey Hey.’ While many of the younger crowd seemed not to recognise the classic track, they were still dancing and clapping along with enthusiasm, especially when the electric guitar riff kicked in.
Unsurprisingly, and much to the crowd’s delight, Jake ended his set with his single ‘Lightning Bolt,’ but not before everyone under the big tent went through the motions of ‘holding two fingers up to yesterday’ during the track ‘Two Fingers.'
Bugg’s entire performance had the crowd kicking up their muddy gumboot-clad heels and moving to the beat like a good old-fashioned hoedown. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful and moving sets of Splendour thus far.