Fresh off the back of a tour as special guest to Liam Gallagher and John Squire, UK rock troubadour, Jake Bugg, returns with his forthcoming sixth album A Modern Day Distraction, out September 20th on RCA records. Alongside the announcement comes his new single ‘Zombieland’ and a run of winter 2024 UK and EU dates.

A bone-crunching Beatles-via-Nirvana guitar driven banger, ‘Zombieland’ is a rollicking ode to the many broken by the inescapable daily grind, trudging on with a stiff upper lip. “It’s fucking brutal,” he says of the people he’s known who exist in “a constant cycle of working to live”. “They’re not paid what they’re worth. People have the same routine every day, they’re at work more than they see their kids, then the government puts the retirement age up. It’s not right.Listen to ‘Zombieland HERE.

Produced by Metrophonic at Metrophonic Studios in London, Jake returns to his roots on the rock-driven A Modern Day Distraction – a record that turns up the noise while shining a light on the injustice he’s seen dealt to the family and friends he grew up with. Fiery and engaged, the record was born out of a frustration of societal inequality. Bugg found that a time had come when he just couldn’t look away. “People might say ‘What do you know?’ or ‘Just stick to music’. I’ve got a bit of money, but we all know the people this affects. I was just writing it because it was the way I felt. It pisses me off – especially in a country like ours where we have the means and funds to take care of the people suffering the most, but we choose not to.

Now 12 years and six albums since he emerged with his streetwise and spritely, Mercury-nominated, chart-topping, self-titled debut, one might forget he was just 18 at the time. He’s put in the hours and achieved so much, but he’s only 30 and still seeing the front rows of his shows getting younger.

In that spirit, Bugg still feels his best work is ahead of him: “You just have to put your songs out into the universe and hope for the best.”

With a string of shows already announced for summer, Jake will return to the road in November this year for a run of UK and EU dates, including a date at London’s Roundhouse on November 19th. Tickets for the dates will be available across artist & O2 presales on May 22nd and promoter presale on May 23rd. General on sale will be 10:00 BST on Friday May 24th from HERE.
Sat 9th           Trabendo, Paris, FR
Sun 10th        Luxor, Cologne, DE
Tue 12th         Lido,  Berlin, DE
Wed 13th        Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam, NL
Thu 14th         Botanique,  Brussels, BE
Mon 18th        O2 Academy Leeds, UK
Tue 19th         The Roundhouse, London, UK
Thu 21st         National Stadium, Dublin, IE
Sat 23rd          Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
Tue 26th         O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester


You can also catch Jake live this summer.

Wed 19th       Cyprus Avenue, Cork, IE
Thu 20th        Black Box, Galway, IE
Sat 22nd        Dolans, Limerick, IE
Sun 23st        Sea Sessions, Donegal, IE

Fri 19th           Robin Park, Wigan, UK
Thu 25th         Fat Sams, Dundee, UK
Fri 26th           Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness Shire, UK
Sat 27th          Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK

Sat 10th          Lakefest, Eastnor Castle, Hertfordshire, UK

Sun 22nd        Liam Gallagher & Friends Malta Weekender Festival, Malta

Sat 19th          Isolation, Budapest