Nottingham musician Jake Bugg is set to play a comeback gig at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday November 26. The show will celebrate the fact that ten years have passed since the release of his self-titled debut album.
The celebrations will see the release of a special 10th anniversary edition of Jake Bugg later this year. The show will feature the album played in its entirety as well as new tracks. Special guests who have been featured at various stages of her career will also make an appearance during the show.
Reflecting on his career which has seen the release of four albums since his debut, Jake thinks it has been a surreal rise. He thinks his songwriting has matured over the years.
“It’s amazing, to be honest. It’s surreal that he’s ten now. I’ve matured in my songwriting, but it’s been a natural progression from 18 to 28. You have a lot grew up during that time and I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing people.”
Growing up in Clifton, Jake started playing around Nottingham when he started. He remembers his first gig being at the Loggerheads on Cliff Road before it closed in 2010.
“I remember my first gig because it was at the Loggerheads near the BBC roundabout. They had an old cave there where you could show up and play, but it wasn’t very exciting. “There were only about three people there and they were my It was one of the good things about growing up in Nottingham was being able to play in certain venues and bars here. All that experience really helps”, did he declare.
“I played the Maze, which was an amazing venue, but I remember the first time I played the main stage in Rock City for Help the Heroes. I felt overwhelmed being on the main stage. , but overall every gig was a good experience.”
Performing in front of local audiences can be notoriously difficult for some artists. However, with friends and family in the audience at his shows in Nottingham, Jake says he can feel very supportive at the same time.
“There’s a kind of pressure, but there’s also pressure on you too. You have your friends and family there who go to the show and if something goes wrong they support you. Although it there’s definitely pressure, I always feel support every time I play there too.”
Jake is now based in London but returns to Clifton as often as he can. As a football fan, he misses visiting his team home ground, Notts County. Although he chose to watch the Monaco Grand Prix, he agreed Nottingham Forest had an incredible turnaround.
“I come back a bit, especially after last year when things started to go up a bit and obviously I couldn’t tour. I was able to go back and visit family. It was amazing to be with family when the Euros were on and I still play football so I go back when I can. I miss going to see my team play when I’m away. It’s the one thing I don’t see often enough. I miss going to Meadow Lane to watch us play.”
He added: “Forest had been out of the Premier League for a while. They won the playoffs so they deserved to go up. When you look at the season as a whole it was an incredible turnaround.”
As for the show, he hopes it will be a celebration that fans can join in on.
“We’ll be celebrating the tenth anniversary by playing the album in its entirety. We’ll have a few new ones and hopefully it’ll just be a great party where everyone has a good time.”
Jake Bugg will perform at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, November 26, 2022. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. and general tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m.