Solo star praises 'Lightning Bolt' Bugg, tipping the indie star to top future festival line-ups
Andrew Trendell
10:16 6th May 2014

Albert Hammond Jr has praised touring partner Jake Bugg, hailing his credibility as an artist and tipping him as a future festival headliner. 

Speaking to Gigwise ahead of his performance at this weekend's Live At Leeds festival, The Stokes turned solo opened up about the experience of touring with Bugg on a recent run of dates in the US. 

"That was great," said Hammond. "It was The Skins and then me and Jake Bugg and they're very young, about 18 or 19. What was funny is that they were all coming to our room, the adults, to get alcohol! There was a knock on the door and I'd be just like 'just take it, take the booze'. It was a lot of fun."

When asked about what to expect from Bugg in the future, Hammond replied: "What people see in him is just that he's a talented guy with a great voice and as he figures himself out, I think that he'll be able to headline. He's doing great and I don't even need to say anything. It's hard to tell because it's a learning process. People that you don't think have it, could all of a sudden change and then have it. People said that about REM for years and then all of a sudden they were an arena band.

"It depends on the songs but for some bands it's about success and the draw and for some bands it's like they just have it. Being able to do it on your own terms is the best way, and he seems to be going down a good path."

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Jake Bugg will be appearing at this year's Reading and Leeds festival alongside Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Blink 182 and many more, while Albert Hammond Jr's remaining UK tour dates are below. For more information visit Gigwise tickets.

Albert Hammond Jr's May 2014 UK tour dates are below.

Tue May 06 2014 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy2 Newcastle
Wed May 07 2014 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
Thu May 08 2014 - BRIGHTON, Great Escape Festival
Fri May 09 2014 - OXFORD O2 Academy2 Oxford
Sun May 11 2014 - BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
Mon May 12 2014 - NOTTINGHAM The Bodega
Tue May 13 2014 - BRISTOL Fleece
Thu May 15 2014 - LONDON Village Underground

Tickets go on sale now. For more information visit Gigwise gig tickets

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