LIVE REVIEW: Jake Bugg crashes into the Barrowland like a lightning bolt

The country, folk singer made a triumphant return to Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom last night (17 November) telling the sold-out crowd it was “a pleasure” to be back.

After time out of the spotlight to work on new music, it is no surprise that Jake Bugg’s announcement he was coming back to Glasgow during a five-date UK tour send ripples of excitement amongst fans.

An air of adrenaline and anticipation was tangible in the iconic Barrowland venue – home to Jake’s music video for Seen It All, off his debut self-titled album – with crowd erupting as the stage lights shone red, orange and yellow during a recording of CamelPhat and Jake Bugg’s Be Someone.

Entering the stage, Bugg was joined by drummer Jack Atherton, bassist Tom Robertson, and pianist Mike Patrick as they stormed into How Soon the Dawn. Trouble Town and There’s a Beast and We All Feed It followed, with the crowd lapping up every moment.

Not known for interacting with the audience, Bugg was still a man of few words letting the setlist do the talking. Thanking the crowd for coming out to watch him perform the singer introduced his latest country-rock single, Kiss Like the Sun.

There was an elegant mix throughout the setlist with both old and new songs. Before playing new tracks Sing and I Don’t Understand, Bugg graciously thanked the crowd “for letting me play some new songs, before we go back into the sing along tracks.”

Fans responded well to the new tracks, which will presumably feature on Bugg’s next studio album. But, it was the fan favourites that got the crowd bouncing.

Lightning Bolt, Taste It and Slumville Sunrise brought the Barras to life, with Bugg showcasing his talents with electrifying guitar solos adding a touch of class and rock and roll to the evening.

Bugg’s return to the stage was welcomed and well received, and it’s good to see that the break has only furthered the raw talent Bugg has. We hope to see Bugg performing again in Glasgow soon, for now, we patiently wait more new music.

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