Jake Bugg plans a seaside debut

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

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HE’S got the thumbs up from Noel Gallagher, been compared to Johnny Cash, Donovan and Bob Dylan, and was nominated for a BRIT award.

Not bad going for a Nottingham lad who only left school a couple of years ago.

And now Jake Bugg is about to clock up another first – playing Blackpool.

The 19-year-old has announced a big UK tour at the end of the year and is squeezing a night at the Empress Ballroom in between three gigs at the Apollo in Manchester.

Bugg has had a blistering 12 months.

Raised on a council estate in Nottingham, and only starting to write his own songs a couple of years ago, Bugg landed a contract with Mercury Records after being chosen by the BBC to appear on their Introducing stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival.

Last year’s debut single Lightning Bolt was an instant hit and his self-titled debut album went to number one when it was released in October.

The lad has just finished a tour of smaller venues – including a sell-out date at 53 Degrees in Preston – but now it’s onto bigger things, with an autumn tour of larger arenas. As part of that, Bugg plays the Empress Ballroom on Tuesday, November 12.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am and are priced £17.50 (plus booking fee).

They are available from the Winter Gardens box office on Church Street, or from www.blackpoollive.com, or the ticket hotline on 0844 856 1111.

Bugg’s Blackpool date is the penultimate night on his UK tour, which ends the following night at the Manchester Apollo. Bugg’s promoters must think Bugg is popular in Manchester – he is also playing the Apollo on November 6 and 7.

For more information visit www.jakebugg.com