VIDEO: Jake gets bug for Leeds Festival

Lightning Bolt hitmaker Jake Bugg landed the plum spot before headliners Arctic Monkeys at Leeds Festival and admits he’s got the bug for the main stage, writes Graham Walker.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th August 2014, 12:58 pm
Jake Bugg performing at Leeds Festival 2014
Jake Bugg performing at Leeds Festival 2014

The 20-year-old from Clifton, in Nottingham, has graduated from serenading young fans in the NME/Radio 1 tent.

In an exclusive chat he says he is hoping to be back soon.

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Jake Bugg performing at Leeds Festival 2014

He said of his Leeds Festival appearance: “I did it three times in a row. It’s fantastic man. It can be a bit nerve-racking. But it’s a great festival. For what I want to do it’s the best thing in the world.

“Making records and playing live is two very different things - you can tour a lot, it becomes routine and you can get tension from all the people you are travelling with.

“But on the other hand you don’t want to be in a studio too long. You can shut yourself away too long. It’s good to moderate the two.”

Jake, who sang hits from his self-titled debut album and latest offering, Shangri La, added: “I’ve got a tour in October. Next year I plan to travel back to Tennessee and Mississippi and try to let some songs write themselves.

“I can be inspired by many things, a book, piece of art or hearing someone say a phrase in the street.

In advice for budding musicians he said: “The most important thing is great, great songs that everyone remembers.

“If you write a song that conmnects with people, that they can relate to, that’s the most important thing about doing this,

“I don’t want to bombard people with too much music - some people haven’t even heard my first album yet, I’m happy to put out a record after record but I’ve got to make sure they are good records.”

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