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iTunes Festival / September 2014

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Kasabian (pictured above), Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams are amongst the first wave of artists announced for the 2014 iTunes Festival.

Taking place at London’s Roundhouse throughout the duration of September, the line-up also includes the likes of David Guetta, young Australians 5 Seconds of Summer, Kylie Minogue and American hitmakers Maroon 5.

Tickets for each of the gigs are free to competition winners and the shows will be live streamed via iTunes or on Apple TV.

Speaking about the festival, Kasabian said, “We’re very proud to be in this year’s iTunes Festival line-up, and we are excited to be playing alongside so many great artists. We have had a huge year so far. Expect some surprises!”

Robert Plant, who headlines the festival on Monday the 8th of September, added, “We’ve been roaring around the world this summer from Morocco to the Arctic Circle. The band is on fire. It’s now time to shake it on down in NW1.”

The iTunes Festival 2014 line-up so far is as follows:

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Beck
Wednesday 3rd September 2014 – David Guetta
Thursday 4th September 2014 – 5 Seconds of Summer
Friday 5th September 2014 – Kasabian
Sunday 7th September 2014 – Calvin Harris and Kiesza
Monday 8th September 2014 – Robert Plant
Tuesday 9th September – Sam Smith
Wednesday 10th September 2014 – Pharrell Williams and Jungle
Thursday 11th September 2014 – Maroon 5
Tuesday 16th September 2014 – Blondie and Chrissie Hynde
Saturday 27th September 2014 – Kylie Minogue

Further artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. In its 7-year history, the iTunes Festival has played host to a vast array of big names, including Oasis, Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys.

The festival made its debut in the US earlier this year with a five day run at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2014. Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar and Pitbull were amongst the artists on the line-up.

For further information about the iTunes Festival including ticket applications, visit the official Web site.

 

Live Review: Wombats at iTunes Festival at London Roundhouse – 16th July 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

It was a cunning move when the Scouse indie trio the Wombats swiftly arrived to fill in for the absent Duran Duran at this year’s iTunes Festival. They approach the stage confidently, performing ‘Our Perfect Disease’ (video here), the first track off this year’s release ‘This Modern Glitch’ (reviewed by John here). Tonight’s set list was to consist of a collection of the band’s signature, easy-to-digest tracks, including the fantastic ‘Party in a Forest’ and ‘Kill the Director.’ In fact, a babble of “This is no Bridget Jones!” could still be heard ringing around the reverb-filled halls, even after the fans had begun to file out of the venue.

One such highlighted moment was the raucous ‘Moving to New York.’ The delightful collective blaring of “it’s like Christmas came early for me!” is a certain indication of the looming stature that the Scouse trio has created for themselves in just a few short years. Their unique sound is remarkably fun and energetic, providing an enormously upbeat attitude to every member of the audience. Call it corny, but the ironic flair of ‘1996’ is simply wonderful. Interchanging between note-perfect vocal harmonies, the Wombats display an ever-improving sense of musicianship.

As the night continues, a small scuffle in the audience is noticed by almost immediately silenced by the slushy synth tones of ‘Techno Fan’ (video here), providing an instant sprinkling of positivity around the Roundhouse. As always with the Wombats, there are no long pauses between their tracks, aside from a quick guitar change or a much-needed wipe of a towel. Onstage banter included a geeky comparison of the towering ceiling of the Roundhouse to the Dynamic Duo’s lair, the Batcave.

A final rendition of ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ added a superb finishing touch. Although the superb energy of the band is no different to any other Wombats concert, there is a spark about the encore in tonight’s coliseum, and the band has proved time and time again that they are able to impress even the most diverse of fans with their dazzling finesse.

 

Beatles for Sale: iTunes Begins Selling the Fab Four’s Back Catalogue

 
By on Thursday, 18th November 2010 at 11:00 am
 

So the biggest news of the digital music world this week has to be the announcement by Apple’s iTunes that they had finally reached an agreement with the Beatles‘ Apple Corps so that the Fabs’ albums could be sold by the online music retailer. But what does it all mean? It means anyone with purchasing power can now obtain – legally – any of the Beatles’s official releases. Strangely, according to this Australian article, the price of albums varies by country. Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

To be honest, this purported ‘Holy Grail’ of all iTunes licensing deals doesn’t mean much to me, as I already own all the Beatles’ albums I want to own on CD or cassette. I received my first Beatles album at age 8 for Christmas (‘A Hard Day’s Night’) and saved up my pennies over the years to buy my favourites based on what songs were on the albums. Even though I, along with the rest of the record buying public, have the opportunity to purchase any official Beatles track, you won’t see me running to iTunes to complete my collection. Even though the digital music age has been around quite a while now and there has been a definite consumer shift from buying albums to buying individual songs, like Elbow, I never agreed with the single mp3 download. To me, something feels definitely wrong about being able to choose to buy ‘Nowhere Man’ or ‘In My Life’ from ‘Rubber Soul’ and potentially miss out on songs like ‘The Word’ and ‘Wait’.

Maybe this move will make the casual Beatles fan more eager to check out the more neglected parts of their back catalogue? The ones that think ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is the end all and never bothered to go backward through the early days of Beatlemania? I still maintain to this day that while ‘Please Please Me’ is handicapped by covers, the sheer simple brilliance of tracks like ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Twist and Shout’ (recorded amazingly in just one take, in mono and on a two-track recording machine) make it a worthy album to own, even if you’ve only ever been in love with the Beatles during their psychedelic period. (Really. I got into an argument with a kid in my freshman biology class who swore by ‘the White Album’.)

I would be very curious to hear what you think about this development. Do you like the idea of being able to buy these songs and album digitally? Will this encourage you to investigate the Fabs further? Or are you just not bothered? Comment away.

 

Catch the iTunes festival with iskano

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd June 2010 at 8:30 am
 

We’ve featured a fair bit about one of the best UK festivals, the iTunes festival, that’s coming up throughout July with the likes of Scissor Sisters, The National, the xx, Phoenix and many more all taking to the stage of London’s Roundhouse for some very special shows.

Now there’s a new campaign to give away tickets on top of iTunes own one, and it’s a bit more fun than waiting to see if your name is picked out of their virtual hat.

Fantastic Norwegian bottled water company Isklar have teamed up with Britains Next Top Model to offer people the chance to win tickets to the iTunes festival where people can upload a picture of themselves and then everyone can vote for it on the Isklar Facebook page. The winner gets some ITunes tickets. Simples as they say. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to and start snapping your best poses and we’ll catch you down the front at the iTunes festival!

 

Live Review: Friendly Fires at London’s Roundhouse – 15th July 2009

 
By on Thursday, 16th July 2009 at 2:15 am
 

Friendly Fires side live iTunesApple’s iTunes festival is now in its third year, each outing seeing it attracting bigger names at better venues. This year, they’ve filled 31 nights at the Roundhouse, and I caught the fifteenth night, with Friendly Fires and Magistrates. The best bit about the gigs? All the tickets are given away to competition winners, which makes everyone even more up for it than normal.

Magistrates, fresh from playing the NME Radar tour in May, opened things up, playing a captivating set that had everyone dancing and the first crowd surfers of the evening going over. After a short break, Friendly Fires came to a smoke filled set, blasting through their entire debut album and new single “Kiss of Life”.

Lead singer Ed Macfarlane was dripping in sweat from the first song, as he gave his best dad-dancing to the packed Roundhouse. However, they were clearly aware of the carnage in the pit, asking everyone to “just dance, none of this moshing” that had seen 20 crowd surfers flung over. Sounding as fresh as they did when I first saw them last August, it’s surprising considering just how hard they’ve been touring of late (and partying, if you believe The Sun).

Closing out with the customary extended version of “Ex-Lover”, all too soon they were done, and it was time to go, watching some very drunk Camden-ites air-drumming the finale.

After the jump: setlist and photos.
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Daily Roundup – Friday 16th January 2009

 
By on Friday, 16th January 2009 at 8:51 pm
 

We’ve had quite a busy week here at TGTF, lining up some great things we’ll be covering later this year. In the mean time whilst I’ve been all busy and stuff, it seems it’s all been kicking off in the music industry.

Boxer Rebellion (side)First up, The Boxer Rebellion (one of those band names you know, but can’t pop your finger on any of their tunes, and pictured top) have suprisingly had their second album spring high up the iTunes chart, catching everyone by suprise it seems. Having been signed by Alan McGee who released their first album, they were dropped leaving them to self-release their second album, Union, which is currently riding at number 6 on the iTunes chart (but has been as high as #4) and doing rather well, thank-you-very-much. Think hazy rock that needs to be played in a smoky dingy backstreet pub. Part The Music, part Editors, part early Verve, expect darkness and hairy men. If that’s cool with you, check out the first single, Evacuate, which is available from iTunes free at the moment as their “Single of the Week”.

You’ve probably all been reading about the claim made today by the “industry big boys” about how “95% of all music downloaded is not paid for”. However, I found an interesting quote from Steve Purdham, the CEO of free music service We7, commenting that “It would be more scary if current revenue forecasts showed that the 5% paid for was the real size of the market – what the 95% shows is the absolute phenomenal demand for music delivered via the digital ‘interweb'”. Nice way of looking at it, and good to see some industry bods actually accepting this fact.

Finally, I’ve had one tune in my head recently – Passion Pit‘s Sleepyhead (below). Wait until about 1:20 when it really kicks in – it’s amazing. Almost reminds me of a coat zipper flying up and down, but that’s just my slightly crazy little mind.

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Photos of Boxer Rebellion are from Tessa Angus

 
 
 

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