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Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg
Bugg in November 2012
Background information
Birth name Jake Edwin Kennedy
Born (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994
Clifton, Nottingham, England
Genres Indie rock, indie folk
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, slide guitar, drums, harmonica
Years active 2011–present
Labels Mercury
Website .comjakebugg
Notable instruments
Martin 00015-SM
Martin D-18VS
Yamaha FG700MS
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster
Gretsch G6121-1955 Chet Atkins
Gibson Robert Johnson L-1
Gibson ES-390
Fender Esquire
Martin M36
Patrick Eggle custom parlour

Jake Bugg (born Jake Edwin Kennedy,[1] 28 February 1994) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album, largely co-written with songwriter Iain Archer, was released in October 2012 and reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. His second album, Shangri La, was released in November 2013. His main influences are Don McLean, Donovan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and Nick Drake.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Self-titled album 2.1
    • Shangri La 2.2
    • Third studio album 2.3
    • Appearances 2.4
  • Discography 3
  • Television appearances 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Jake Bugg was born in Clifton, Nottingham, to musical parents who separated when he was young.[2] His father, whose last name was Bugg, was a nurse, and his mother worked in sales, both having previously made recordings.[3] He grew up in the Clifton council estate of Nottingham and started playing guitar at the age of 12 after being introduced to the instrument by his uncle Mark. He attended Farnborough school technology college in Clifton. He also states that his formative musical moment was hearing Don McLean's "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" on an episode of The Simpsons.[4] He was enrolled in a music technology course, but by the age of 16 he had dropped out and was writing and performing his own songs influenced by The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Don McLean, Donovan, The Everly Brothers and Jimi Hendrix.[1]


Bugg was chosen by the BBC to appear on their "Introducing" stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival at age 17, and because of this was given a contract by Mercury Records.[5] His songs were then placed on various BBC Radio playlists and one of them, "Country Song", was used in a national TV beer commercial for Greene King IPA.[6][7]

In an interview for The Daily Telegraph, when dubbed 'an East Midlands Bob Dylan', Bugg said "Bob Dylan's cool, you know, he's great, but he's not a major influence".[1][5][8]

On 22 May 2012, Bugg appeared on the BBC music programme Later... with Jools Holland. In August 2012 Bugg was a supporting act for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Belsonic Music Festival, Belfast. On 1 October 2012, he performed live on the BBC Radio 6 Music programme Live at Maida Vale.

Bugg was one of five nominees for the 2013 Brit Award for "British Breakthrough Act", which was voted on by BBC Radio 1 listeners. Bugg rated his chances of winning as "very slim", but also said, "I don't really need an award to inspire me to keep writing music and playing my songs."[9] The award was won by Ben Howard.

His music was featured in the hit movie The Fault in Our Stars.

Self-titled album

Bugg's self-titled debut album was released on 15 October 2012.[10] Talking about Bugg and his debut, Clash hailed the "precocious talent fusing retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs".[11] On 21 October 2012 the song "Two Fingers" charted at 28 in the UK while the album reached number one in the UK charts.[12] The album has sold 604,100 copies in the United Kingdom and is the 57th best selling album of the 2010 decade.[13] Bugg's touring band Drummer Jack Atherton and Bassist Tom 'Robbo' Robertson performed on 5 songs on the album.

Shangri La

Bugg had been in Malibu working with Rick Rubin and Iain Archer, and had had some interactions with Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, working on the drums to some of his songs, including the single "Broken". On 8 September 2013 Jake Bugg tweeted the following "2nd album done! Hope you're all well!" On 23 September 2013, Bugg announced his new album, Shangri La, along with a new single, "What Doesn't Kill You". Shangri La was released on 18 November 2013.[14] This album is named after the studio Bugg recorded it in.[15] Shangri La includes Elvis Costello's drummer, Pete Thomas, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[16] The album has generally received positive reviews from the music community.[17]

Third studio album

In a 2014 interview with Mr. Wavvy, Bugg announced that he had begun work on a new studio album. On whether or not it would be released in 2014, Bugg stated "That's the beauty of making records, you just never know when it's gonna be ready. I didn't think this second album's gonna be as ready as soon as it was but it just so happened." He did not specify whether or not he would be working with Rubin again, only that he is currently in the songwriting process.[18] On the 30th of July 2014, Jake Bugg revealed he had already started working on his third studio album. On the 5 October 2014, at Cardiff, he played for the first time two new songs: "Down the Avenue" and "Hold On You". A new song ("Feel What's Good") was in the soundtrack of The Giver.


On 1 January 2013, Bugg appeared on Jools' Annual Hootenanny on BBC2, and on 5 January 2013 he appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1. At the London 2012 Olympic games, Bugg's song "Lightning Bolt" was played during the build up to the 100m men's final.[19] On 17 January, Bugg performed "Two Fingers" on the US TV talkshow Conan.[20] On 26 January, he performed the same song as well as giving a short interview on the talkshow Lindmo on Norwegian television NRK.[21]

On 22 April, Bugg performed "Lightning Bolt" on the US TV talkshow The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Bugg performed at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne on 27 May 2013 before headlining act Paloma Faith. On 4 June Bugg performed as the main act at the Ibiza rocks hotel opening party. On 8 June, he was the session guest on the influential Bob Harris show on BBC Radio 2. On 15 June, Bugg was one of three support acts for The Stone Roses at Glasgow Green. On 28 June, Bugg performed an afternoon set on the Pyramid Stage at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, making him the first artist that has moved from the BBC Introducing Stage to the Main Pyramid stage in successive years.[22] On the same day, Bugg performed his new single "Broken" live on The Graham Norton Show.[23][24]

On 12 July, Bugg played the Radio 1 Stage at T in the Park. On 20 July, Bugg headlined at the Splendour festival in Nottingham.[25] On 2 August, Bugg performed at the Osheaga Festival in the Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec. On 23–25 August, Bugg performed at the Reading and Leeds Festival on the Radio 1/NME stage. On 13 October, Bugg performed at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California. On 8 October, Bugg played three tracks on the UK's "Later... with Jools Holland" show. On 13 October, Bugg performed at the Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City. On 11 December 2013, he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo.

On 10 January 2014, Bugg performed his new single "A Song About Love" live on The Graham Norton Show.[26]

On 27 February 2014, Bugg performed "Me and You" live on American Idol.

On 14 March 2014, Bugg performed on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

On 15 March 2014, Bugg performed as part of his American record store tour to an over-flowing crowd in the parking lot at Waterloo Records' Day Concerts in Austin, Texas. This was during SXSW (South By Southwest) but the Waterloo concerts were not an event sanctioned by SXSW. The performance started 15 minutes early to accommodate the extra time needed for an autograph session in the store after his performance.

In July 2014 he was on the River Stage at Ottawa Bluesfest.


Television appearances

Year Television show Performing Description
2012 Later... with Jools Holland "Trouble Town", "Country Song" & "Lightning Bolt" Series 40, Episode 6[27]
Hootenanny "Lightning Bolt" & "Two Fingers" Annual Hootenanny 2012/2013[28]
2013 Conan "Two Fingers" 17 January 2013[29]
The Ellen DeGeneres Show "Lightning Bolt" Series 10, Episode 129[30]
The Graham Norton Show "Broken" Series 13, Episode 13[31]
Late Show with David Letterman "Lightning Bolt" Series 20, Episode 129[32]
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Lightning Bolt" Series 21, Episode 68[33]
Conan "What Doesn't Kill You" 1 October 2013[29]
Later... with Jools Holland "What Doesn't Kill You", "Slumville Sunrise" & "A Song About Love" Series 43, Episode 4[34]
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "What Doesn't Kill You" Series 21, Episode 206[35]
2014 The Graham Norton Show "A Song About Love" Series 14, Episode 11[36]
The Ellen DeGeneres Show "A Song About Love" Series 11, Episode 91[37]
American Idol "Me and You" Series 13, Episode 15[38]
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon "Me and You" 14 March 2014[39]

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Nominated Result
2013 BRIT Awards[40] British Breakthrough Act Himself Nominated
NME Awards[41] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Best Album Jake Bugg Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards[42] Best Song Musically and Lyrically "Two Fingers" Nominated
Q Awards[43] Best New Act Himself Won
Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Mercury Prize[44] Album of the Year Jake Bugg Nominated
2014 BRIT Awards[45] British Male Solo Artist Himself Nominated
NME Awards[46] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Q Awards[47] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated


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  34. ^ "Later... with Jools Holland – Series 43, Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  35. ^ "Watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  36. ^ "BBC One – The Graham Norton Show, Series 14, Episode 11". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  38. ^ "American Idol – Season 13". Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  39. ^ "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon". Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  40. ^ "BRIT Awards 2013: The Nominations". BBC. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  41. ^ "NME Awards 2013 winners in full". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  42. ^ "The Ivor Novello Awards 2013: Winners in full". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  43. ^ "Q Awards 2013 - all the winners". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  44. ^ "Mercury Music Prize 2013 shortlist: David Bowie nominated alongside new artists". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
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External links

  • Official site

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