Jake Bugg [live review]

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Jake Bugg [live review]

Palace Theatre
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Over the years, the Palace Theatre up the top of Bourke Street has been very good to me. To be finally saying goodbye due to the redevelopment into apartments is very sad, but having the opportunity to see English indie kid Jake Bugg there was very exciting indeed. Out here for the recent Bluesfest at Byron Bay and Deni, as well as sideshows, it was very exciting to see Bugg in action after hearing so much about him and watching live videos on YouTube.
Support came from The Growl and The Creases, who were in fact a little disappointing as support acts. The Growl playing a one-man band loop show that lacked the intensity and presence that Bugg demanded the minute he stepped on stage; The Creases, although playing a polished set, were probably more suited to playing alongside Deep Sea Arcade.
Finally when Bugg graced the stage, the crowd were going ballistic – and it was a truly memorable occasion. Playing all the hits in the early part of the set, including ‘Two Fingers’, ‘Trouble Town’, ‘Kentucky’ and ‘Messed Up Kids’, off his most recent album, Shangri La.
Thank you, Palace Theatre. You’ve been the venue that allowed me to see Stereophonics, Mumford & Sons and Band of Horses. It’s sad to see you go, but thanks for the memories.
Written by Tex Miller