Firstly, myself and Grace got great spots in the pit-(left side of the barrier.) The music playing waiting for him to come on stage was very fitting to my music taste; The Smiths, Oasis, and some more classics.
'Southern' were the Opening Act. (A two-piece band from Northern Ireland, bit ironic?).
They were good i must admit, no one likes being introduced to new music after queuing and waiting around for one of your favourite artists,but-they were tolerable, catchy and had their own style.
When Jake walked on stage the room lifted with excitement. He was keeping things simple as usual, (just a tshirt and jeans). He performed one of the best setlists i've ever seen. It was a perfect arrangement of songs.
He opened with 'Messed Up Kids', (one of his best songs), thanked the audience and then straight into 'Seen It All'. (another awesome song). After 'Storm Passes Away', 'Trouble Town' and ''Me & You', he sang 'Two Fingers'. One of my favourite songs of all time. It was a magical 3 minutes and it was one of those moments you never want to end.
After two more of his songs he slowed things down. Briefly introduced himself and explained that the next song was a new one he had been working on. 'Looking Down The Avenue' was such a lovely song. I really hope he releases a new album soon and that is a single.
After two more songs he sang another new one, 'I Gotta Hold On You'. It was more upbeat than the previous songs and it was the perfect lift to the night. He was so grateful to his fans and that was obvious throughout the entire night.
'Slide' and 'Simple Pleasures' were beautiful, and then things sped up again... he played 'What Doesn't Kill You'! I was so happy to hear this live because it wasn't on the set list at Marlay Park last Summer.
He smugly said 'this is my last song, and you'll all know it's the one you came to hear'. His hit song 'Lightning Bolt' closed the gig nicely.
Jake SMASHED it in Dublin, and i was lucky enough to be there.
Also, before the gig, my friends and i were watching them set up the stage and got a picture with Tom a.k.a Robbo, his super friendly bass player.
At one stage of the day, two police men walked past and said 'Who are you going to see girls?' we told them it was Jake Bugg's gig. One said to the other 'I've never heard of him'. The other replied with 'Yes you have, you know, Lightning Bolt! *hand gestures of a guitar*. It was really funny, and proof that going to gigs early is so fun.
Thanks for reading,