Being way late on discovering Jake Bugg, it was my mission to catch him during SXSW. I was able to catch his set at Fader Fort. I was left a bit disappointed with his live show. Although he is a talented songwriter and “Two Fingers”/”Lightning Bolt” are top notch songs, the young man just isn’t all that interesting live. I don’t know if it was this show in particular, or SXSW as a whole, but he didn’t seem like he had any interest in being there. His stage demeanor was poor. He looked angry that he had to be there for most of the show (see the photo above, that was the most expression he showed all show).
Although his performance was good, a poor stage presence negates all of that. He is still young, and maybe it was just the stress of playing at a tiring festival such as SXSW. If I ever decide to see him live again, lets hope he’s in a bit of a better mood.