So Sunday night myself and my friend Vickey took a trip to Birmingham to see Jake Bugg. Things didn’t get off to a great start when we got to the venue where we thought the gig was and it was shut. After some quick googling we realised we were at the wrong place and luckily the O2 Academy was only a short walk away. As we were a bit late we managed to beat the queues and after finally managing to find our names on the Guestlist we were in.
After grabbing a beer (priced at £4.25 for a pint.. GULP), we made our way into the crowd just as the first support act came on stage. The Family Rain are a blues rock band from Bath made up of three brothers. Although they didn’t say an awful lot I enjoyed their set and their songs certainly had the audiences feet tapping. The band are signed to Mercury Records which is the same label as Jake Bugg and they are embarking on their second headline tour this month, so I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from them.
The next support act was an American duo called honeyhoney. Signed to Kiefer Sutherlands label ‘Ironworks Musics’, honeyhoney’s music is a combination of folk, blues, rock and pop. Suzanne Santo is the lead singer, playing both the banjo and violin, whilst Ben Jaffe plays acoustic guitar and accompanies Suzanne’s vocals with harmonies. This band really impressed both Vickey and I. Suzannes jazzy voice sounds brilliant live and Bens accompanying harmonies really add to the tracks. It was hard to believe there’s only two people in the band at times, as they created such a full sound. I’ve been listening to honeyhoney quite a bit since Sunday and after looking at their Facebook fan page its clear to see they’ve gained a fair few fans across the pond whilst supporting Jake Bugg. They’ve got some really great tracks which I recommend you have a listen to, I haven’t been able to get their song Ohio out of my head since Sunday night.
Take a listen here..
Next up was the guy we all came to see. Accompanied by his band on bass and drums, Jake Bugg delivered a great show. As a lot of his stuff is on the slower side he did a great job keeping the audience engaged throughout. Songs such as Trouble Town, Two Fingers and I’ve Seen It All had all the crowd singing along. Jake has cited artists such as Donovan, Oasis and The Beatles as influences which you can definitely hear. The fingerpicking style used on a lot of tracks is very Donovan esque and a track from his new album (which I can’t remember the name of, please forgive..), had Oasis written all over it. A personal favourite of mine was Song About Love. Jake put a lot of emotion and passion into his performance of this song, which was acknowledged by the audience from the loud cheers he received when he finished. People of all ages were in attendance, showing that Buggs music appeals to the masses. There’s a lot of hype around Jake Bugg and I think personally it’s very justified. Things are only going to get bigger for the boy from Nottingham..
Jake performing ‘Song About Love’ on Later with Jools Holland
To finish here’s a couple of pictures from the gig, sorry they’re not the greatest quality but I to use my zoom!
I do not own the copyright to these videos or songs. Copyright belongs to the artists honeyhoney and Jake Bugg.