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Nottingham’s finest singer-songwriter performs to 9,000 fans in his hometown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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THE 19-year-old artist dubbed ‘a young Bob Dylan’ did not disappoint with an incredible performance in his hometown.

Performing to a crowd of 9,000 fans at the Nottingham Capital FM Arena, Jake Bugg put on the arena show as part of a national tour following the release of his second album Shangri-La.

From the release of his debut album in October 2012, Jake has exploded onto the music scene with an original sound and thoughtful song lyrics.

Jake and the band opened their set with energetic There’s A Beast And We All Feed It, followed by early hit Trouble Town and the emotional Seen It All.

The evening saw a mixture of acoustic solo performances and more fast-paced rock songs.

What I like about Jake Bugg is that he is not pretentious.

He doesn’t pretend to be an extrovert, and did not say much by way of introduction to each song, but let the music speak for itself.

His lyrics are evidently from the heart and you get the feeling he has been inspired from experience rather than just writing lyrics for the sake of it.

Closing song Lightning Bolt, an optimistic feel-good hit off the first album, got the crowd singing along and the night ended on a high.

The teenager, who is originally from Clifton in Nottingham, thanked the crowd for making the night a special one and added: “I never thought I’d get to play this place.”

Touching lyrics coupled with awesome talent make for a young superstar and Jake Bugg live is a must-see.

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