It seemed especially poignant when Jake Bugg opened up his homecoming set with On My One and the lyrics "I'm just a poor boy from Nottingham...". It's unlikely he's short of a few quid these days, but he's definitely from round here.
Later in the same song goes on to ask the question "Where do I call home?" For someone who's racked up 400 shows in three years on the road you can see why he might be a bit confused. Welcome back Jake!
The adoration from the Notts crowd ought to help quell the doubts though. Despite playing a few songs at Rough Trade this week, this is his first full-length gig since he played at Nottingham Arena over two years ago. He's also headlined at Rock City and Splendour. Not bad for a lad who only recently celebrated his 22nd birthday.
The crowd is a really eclectic mix of all sorts of people, from teenagers to sixty-somethings. It's clear that Jake's music resonates with a variety of age groups and that people are here in the enchanting forest-based set to have a good time.
Jake continues to plough through a slew of future classics including Two Fingers, Gimme The Love and Trouble Town. His set is really polished these days and as he kicks off Lightning Bolt, you get a sense that this really will be his last song. He's not really one for encores.
If you get chance to see any of this Forestry Commission season of Forest Live gigs (which also feature Guy Garvey, The Beautiful South, James Bay, Rudimental, John Newman, Simply Red, UB40 and Tom Jones) then we highly recommend that you do so. It's got everything you'd want from a bigger festival, but you get to drive home afterwards and sleep in a proper bed. Yay!
Jake Bugg played Forest Live at Sherwood Pines on Thursday 23 June 2016.
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