Review: Jake Bugg impresses with acoustic show at London’s Palladium

The singer-songwriter owned every minute of his headline show. 

Nottingham-born singer Jake Bugg treated his audience to a stellar acoustic performance at London’s Palladium on 26 February as part of his acoustic tour across the UK.

With just two guitars and a microphone, the 24-year-old captures the attention of his crowd with every chord. Kicking off his set with How Soon The Dawn, the opening track on his recently released album Hearts That Strain, he sets the tone for the night and shows us what he’s made of. 

And though Jake has had a hype around him since debut record in 2012, it hasn’t affected his humbleness and authenticity that make him so likeable. Mixing old and new tracks really shows off just how far he has come, his evolution as a songwriter and his progression as an artist. Especially in this solo acoustic show, with no frills, no band, no backup vocals – his uniqueness shines through.

With tracks like Trouble Town, Me and You and Simple As This he satisfies the audiences need, displayed in consistent song requests shouted between tracks, for his older material. But that’s not to say that songs off Hearts That Strain aren’t just as good in the majestic setting that is the London Palladium.

And after a few of said song requests from the crowd, Jake proclaims that actually, “I don’t feel like playing a Jake Bugg song right now.” So instead, he treats us to a rendition of Neil Young’s Old Man. No complaints on our end, covering an icon like Neil Young isn’t an easy task, but Bugg honours Young’s talent in the best way possible.