It was day three at Northside, and people were sort of sleeping on blankets, chilling and talking in the sun, or trying to choke down the first and probably not-so-great-tasting beer of the day.
It didn’t seem like anyone had enough energy to really get this day started, and I don’t blame Jake Bugg if he was a bit affected by this.
However, in a cozy and well playing manner he induced the sleeping people to open up their eyes and maybe even tap their feet a bit. He only made a few comments about the songs that were either entirely new from the ‘On My One’ album or old stuff and more known to people.
With a Noel Gallagher-like shrill voice, he had people swaying from side to side when playing the song ‘Two Fingers’ and the very country-esque ‘Put out the fire’ that were more up beat songs and got people from lying down to sitting up, or from standing still, to bouncing a little bit.
He switched between fast tracked electric guitar songs and more calm and acoustic songs to give people a little bit of everything, but he never really seemed to reach further than to the edge of the stage – despite his lovely guitar play.
It felt like the atmosphere in the crowd was a bit too snoozy for Jake Bugg to really make an effort to connect with the audience. But he was still charming and polite and thanked everyone for being there on the third and final day of Northside.
Maybe this was exactly what the hung over audience needed on this Sunday afternoon, but I believe that those who’d actually waited for Jake Bugg were a little bit disappointed that he didn’t deliver a more enthusiastic performance. However, the energy of the artists often comes from feeling the mood among the audience, and to be just, they were a snoozy affair as well.
A snoozy affair, but a good one nonetheless. (3.5/6)