Jake Bugg: Bushmills distillery gig was 'cool'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 June 2013
Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg played his most quirky gig to date last night (20.06.13) in amongst the whiskey barrels at 'Bushmills Live' festival in Northern Ireland

Jake Bugg thought playing in a whiskey distillery was "pretty cool".

The 'Lightning Bolt' singer took to the stage at 'Bushmills Live' last night (20.06.13) to perform one of his most off-beat and intimate gigs to date in among the whiskey barrels at the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland.

The 19-year-old star quipped: "I've played many gigs but never thought I'd be playing in a whiskey distillery and it was pretty cool."

Jake took to the stage for an acoustic set and treated the 500-strong crowd to some of his most popular tracks, including 'Two Fingers' and 'Seen It All', where he was joined on stage by Iain Archer, his Ivor Novello-award winning songwriting partner.

The evening culminated in a lively performance from Icelandic rockers Of Monsters and Men, who raised the roof with their catchy choruses and toe-tapping melodies.

Singer and guitarist Ragnar Þórhallsson said: "Last night was unlike any other gig we've played before. We have performed in many venues in cities all around the world, but this one, in a whiskey distillery, was something very special. The atmosphere was great and we loved it. We would be honoured to play here again."

Foy Vance, Willy Mason and Iain Archer also performed at the second annual booze-filled event, and were joined by indie bands Bear's Den and Sons and Lovers, as well as David C Clements and VerseChorusVerse, the recipients of the inaugural Bushmills Live Legacy Fund to promote emerging artists.

Colum Egan, Master Distiller at the Old Bushmills Distillery, enthused: "This was an incredible night for Bushmills Irish Whiskey and for music lovers. Last night, we welcomed both globally-established artists and emerging talent to our home on Ireland's north coast. Their music, like our whiskey, represents the very best in hand craftsmanship."

Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter peddling a folky country indie sound.

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