Jake Bugg at Glastonbury – review

Cockiest Lonnie Donegan wannabe in Nottingham tears up roots of rock'n'roll for a Glasto singalong in front of huge crowd

Where and when

Pyramid stage, 2pm

Dress code

Boy In Black

What happened

The cockiest Lonnie Donegan wannabe in Nottingham tears up the roots of rock'n'roll by making like a Sun Records bluegrass balladeer appealing against an Asbo. Switching between urgent skiffle, antique troubadour turns and a cover of Neil Young's Hey Hey My My, Bugg gazes nonchalantly over a headliner-level crowd and sets about justifying his position at the forefront of the pre-rock revival by contemporising his rootsy attack with tales from tearaway Britain: "skin up a fat one and hide from the Feds" goes the jaunty Two Fingers while Bugg celebrates popping pills in car parks like a heroic Begsie on the so-cynical-so-young Seen It All.

Who's watching

Everybody. Heaven help those foolhardy souls trying to get to Mount Kimbie at the Sonic stage as the Great Bugg Crush of 2013 torrents down every thoroughfare, sweeping human flotsam and stray welly stands along with it like floodwater from a busted dam.

High point

Bugg all but silencing a rammed Pyramid field with a brace of solo numbers; Broken - a soul-stoke of a song - and Country Song, which makes Glastonbury instinctively hunger for a real ale.

Low point

Jake accelerating headlong into the 70s for a bout of blues rock bluster on an unnamed new track. And all the people pissing on your wellies.

In a tweet

Have the Stones come on early?

Contributor

Mark Beaumont

The GuardianTramp

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