Albert Hammond Jr says Jake Bugg is a future festival headliner

Strokes guitarist tips the singer for even greater success

Albert Hammond Jr has predicted that Jake Bugg will headline huge gigs in the future.

In an interview with Gigwise, the Strokes guitarist said that his experience of touring with Bugg in the US had convinced him that the Nottingham singer-songwriter is capable of playing to even larger crowds.

“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,” said Hammond Jr. “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.”

He added: “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.”

Bugg is set to release a new four-track EP titled ‘Messed Up Kids’ on May 12. Albert Hammond Jr, meanwhile, recently told NME that he is hopeful that The Strokes will record a new album next year (2015).