Jake Bugg launches charity football tournament ‘Football Rocks’

The Enemy, Saint Raymond, Reverend And The Makers and Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green will all compete

Jake Bugg has launched a charity football tournament with the aim of providing musical instruments to students at schools struggling financially.

Football Rocks will feature 10 teams competing at Notts County ground Meadow Lane on May 16 and will benefit both Bugg’s own Robin Hoody Foundation and the British Heart Foundation.

Liam Gallagher’s clothing brand Pretty Green, The Enemy, Saint Raymond, Reverend And The Makers and club night This Feeling will all be entering teams into the tournament with local band The Swiines persuading the bands to join in.

Bugg said: “I love football and the lads and I have a game wherever we can when on tour. Growing up watching Notts County play at Meadow Lane with my Grandad I can’t wait to play there with my mates in front of a good crowd and raise some money for such great causes.

“The team are organising a really great day and the atmosphere will be brilliant for all ages with plenty of surprise visits during the day, everyone’s being so generous with their time.”

Tickets for the event can be bought online now priced £10.

Bugg recently revealed that his new material is “darker” than his previously work. Watch the interview below, now. Speaking to NME at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas last month, the singer-songwriter talked about his new material.

He said: “It’s different, there are some darker songs, I haven’t got a lot of fast ones this time but they might come later. The lyrical content’s not going to be the same because I haven’t experienced those things, I’d say it’s a little bit darker.”

Bugg hasn’t released any new music since his self-titled 2012 debut and last year’s ‘Shangri-La’, though he debuted two new songs during a show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in October.