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Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg
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Bugg in November 2012
Background information
Jake[1] Edwin Charles Kennedy
Born (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 24)
Nottingham, England
Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, slide guitar, piano, harmonica
Labels Mercury, Virgin EMI
Website jakebugg.com

Jake Bugg (born Jake Edwin Charles Kennedy;[3][4][5] 28 February 1994) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. His self-titled debut album Jake Bugg, some of which was 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 and his third, largely self-produced album On My One, in June 2016. His fourth album Hearts That Strain, a largely acoustic effort, produced by Dan Auerbach, was released in September 2017.

Early life

Jake Bugg was born Jake Edwin Charles Kennedy in Nottingham to musical parents who separated when he was young. His father, whose last name was Bugg, was a nurse, and his mother worked in sales, both parents having previously made recordings.[6] 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 The Farnborough Academy (then known as the 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.[7] His main influences are Don McLean, Oasis, Donovan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, John Martyn, Jimmy Page and the Everly Brothers. In an interview with Absolute Radio in 2014 he also mentioned that the American heavy metal band Metallica was a huge influence to him when he first picked up the guitar as a 12-year-old. He is also influenced by The White Stripes and Son House. 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.[5]


2011: Beginnings

Bugg was selected to perform on the "BBC Introducing" stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival at age 17 after submitting material to their website, and subsequently signed to Mercury Records.[8] His songs were then placed on various BBC Radio playlists, with "Country Song" being used in a national TV beer commercial for Greene King IPA.[9][10]

2012: Jake Bugg

Bugg's self-titled debut album was released on 15 October 2012.[11] Talking about Bugg and his debut, Clash hailed the "precocious talent fusing retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs".[12] On 21 October 2012 the song "Two Fingers" charted at 28 in the UK while the album reached number one in the UK charts.[13] The album has sold 604,100 copies in the United Kingdom and is the 57th best selling album of the 2010s decade.[14] Bugg's touring band drummer Jack Atherton and bassist Tom 'Robbo' Robertson performed on five songs on the album.

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. In 2014, "Simple As This" was featured in the movie The Fault in Our Stars

2013: Shangri La

Bugg performing at Rock im Park, June 2013

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, Bugg tweeted, "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.[15] This album is named after the studio Bugg recorded it in.[16]Shangri La includes Elvis Costello's drummer Pete Thomas, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[17] The album has generally received positive reviews from the music community.[18] Bugg was one of five nominees for the 2013 Brit Award for "British Breakthrough Act", which was voted on by BBC Radio 1 listeners.[19] The award was won by Ben Howard.

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.[20] 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.[21] 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. The song "Me and You" was featured in the credits of the movie Dumb and Dumber To. That same month, he was also at the River Stage at Ottawa Bluesfest and performed at Pale;o Festival near the Lake Geneva in Switzerland. His music was also featured in the movie The Fault in Our Stars. On 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.

2016: On My One

Bugg performing in Brighton, May 2016

Speaking with NME in early 2015, Jake said that he was working on his third album, of which "the content of the songs was much darker" than earlier work. On the 16 February 2016 he released free of charge a new song: "On My One".[22] On 25 February his new single "Gimme the Love" debuted on BBC Radio 1. Bugg also talked about the forthcoming album On My One, announcing its release for June.[23] On 26 February he announced the album would be released on 17 June. He also shared the track list and revealed the artwork.[24] In May 2016 a number of tour dates, in London and Nottingham, for June, were announced.[25] His 2012 single "Trouble Town" was used as the theme for the BBC TV series Happy Valley broadcast in 2014 and 2016.

2017: Hearts That Strain

On 2 August 2017, Jake Bugg's new single "How Soon the Dawn" was played on BBC Radio 1, hosted by Annie Mac. On 4 August Bugg released the single on all platforms with a music video. He later announced his fourth studio album titled Hearts That Strain. It was released on 1 September 2017. He will embark on an acoustic tour through November to support the new album.[26]Jake Bugg has recently launched a piano-laden new song with Noah Cyrus called "Waiting"[27]

Notts County Sponsorship

In June 2017, Bugg was confirmed as the shirt sponsor of his favourite and local football team, Notts County, taking the November slot in a season-long rotation.[28]


Studio albums

Television appearances

Year Television show Performing Description
BBC 2 The Review Show "Trouble Town" January 2012
2012 Later... with Jools Holland "Trouble Town", "Country Song" & "Lightning Bolt" Series 40, Episode 6[29]
Hootenanny "Lightning Bolt" & "Two Fingers" Annual Hootenanny 2012/2013[30]
2013 Conan "Two Fingers" 17 January 2013[31]
The Ellen DeGeneres Show "Lightning Bolt" Series 10, Episode 129[32]
The Graham Norton Show "Broken" Series 13, Episode 13[33]
Late Show with David Letterman "Lightning Bolt" Series 20, Episode 129[34]
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Lightning Bolt" Series 21, Episode 68[35]
Conan "What Doesn't Kill You" 1 October 2013[31]
Later... with Jools Holland "What Doesn't Kill You", "Slumville Sunrise" & "A Song About Love" Series 43, Episode 4[36]
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "What Doesn't Kill You" Series 21, Episode 206[37]
2014 The Graham Norton Show "A Song About Love" Series 14, Episode 11[38]
The Ellen DeGeneres Show "A Song About Love" Series 11, Episode 91[39]
American Idol "Me and You" Series 13, Episode 15[40]
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon "Me and You" 14 March 2014[41]
2016 Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Gimme the Love", "Lightning Bolt" March 15, 2016
Late Night with Seth Meyers "Love, Hope and Misery" June 7, 2016
The Andrew Marr Show "Love, Hope and Misery" 19 June 2016[42]

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Nominated Result
2013 BRIT Awards[43] British Breakthrough Act Himself Nominated
NME Awards[44] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Best Album Jake Bugg Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards[45] Best Song Musically and Lyrically "Two Fingers" Nominated
Q Awards[46] Best New Act Himself Won
Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Mercury Prize[47] Album of the Year Jake Bugg Nominated
2014 BRIT Awards[48] British Male Solo Artist Himself Nominated
NME Awards[49] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Q Awards[50] Best Solo Artist Himself Nominated
Capricho Awards International Singer Himself Nominated
2015 NME Awards[51] Best Solo Artist Himself Won
Silver Clef Award[52] Best Male Himself Won


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