Apple's iTunes Festival is set to return to London this year for the eighth time, with a free gig every night in September being held at the Roundhouse. 2014's festival will see some big names take to the stage, including Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Kylie, Paolo Nutini, Elbow, Rudimental and Calvin Harris. You can't just turn up to see them, though, you'll need to get your hands on some tickets first. Here's how to win free tickets to iTunes Festival 2014.
Win free tickets to iTunes Festival 2014 via iTunes
Apple usually releases an iTunes Festival app, but this year it has yet to do so, and a representative from the company has confirmed that there is no dedicated app planned. Instead, you'll need to apply for tickets through iTunes. If you're using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply go to the iOS App Store, where you'll find a link to the iTunes Festival section in the carousel at the top of the Featured page. You'll find that same link at the top of the iTunes Store, too.
Click it to go to the iTunes Festival page, where you'll find a 'Win Tickets' button. Tap it to go to the next step in the ticket application process.
Now, you'll need to tap the '+' icon next to each of the artists you'd like to see. You can pick as many as you want, but keep in mind that each entrant can only win one pair of tickets per concert, and you can't win more than five pairs of tickets across the whole festival. This means, if you apply for ALL of the artists and your name gets picket out for more than five (we think this is quite unlikely but you never know), you might end up with five pairs of tickets for artists you're not actually very interested in. That's why we'd recommend applying only for the ones you'll be pleased to win, especially as you won't be able to sell on the tickets should you decide not to go, as tickets can't be transferred. You'll need to make sure that you go with the person whose name is on the ticket, as photo ID will be required to enter the venue.
When you tap on the icon, it'll turn into a tick. When you've chosen, tap 'Submit.'
You'll now be faces with a form to fill in, but it's very simple. Just enter your first and last name, and then your email address and county. Then tap to confirm that you've read and understood the Terms and Conditions, and press 'Submit'. All done! Apple will be announcing more artists as we near September, so keep checking back to make sure you don't miss out.
For anyone that doesn't have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, there are still ways to enter to win tickets to this year's iTunes Festival. You can register to win tickets through iTunes on your Mac or PC, by opening iTunes and clicking the iTunes Festival banner in the carousel at the top, by finding the iTunes Festival icon a bit lower down in the iTunes Home window, or by following the link in the 'Quicklinks' menu.
When you're on the iTunes Festival page, you'll need to click 'Win Tickets' and then click the '+' icon next to the artists you're interested in to tick them. You'll notice that, at the moment, there are lots of artists that have yet to be announced, so you'll need to check back later in order to find out who they are and apply for tickets for those shows.
Your entry is based on your email address, so don't forget to get friends and family who might be willing to take you along with them to enter, to increase your chances of winning.
Now that you've taken your pick, you'll need to click the 'Submit' button at the bottom and enter your details.
You'll need to be over 14 to enter for tickets, and you'll need to have a valid iTunes account.
Win free tickets to iTunes Festival through third-party giveaways and competitions
Tickets are also up for grabs in competitions hosted by third-parties. Last year,
Apple has confirmed that it has partnered with the London Evening Standard and Global Radio to give away tickets.
On 24 July, London Evening Standard began promoting its iTunes Festival competition, which kicked off with the chance to win one of 25 pairs of tickets to see Pharrell Williams, and then offered Elbow tickets. We'll update this article if any further Evening Standard competitions begin. Find out more here.
XFM is offering the chance to win tickets to see Kasabian at the iTunes Festival here.
When we come across more competitions, we'll update this article. If you spot any, let us know on Twitter.
Win free tickets through Twitter giveaways
Sometimes, it's worth keeping an eye on the Twitter feeds of the artists you're hoping to see at the iTunes Festival because they might have some spare tickets to give away to followers.
How do you know if you've won iTunes Festival 2014 tickets?
If you are one of the lucky people that wins tickets to the festival (we've heard that there around 1,700 tickets up for grabs for each night), you'll be notified at some point between now and a week before each show. You'll need to confirm that you would like to attend the event within 72 hours of the email having been sent, so make you're checking that email address regularly, possibly even in the junk folder just in case. If you fail to confirm your tickets within the 72-hour deadline, you'll forfeit your tickets.
How can you watch iTunes Festival 2014 if you didn't win tickets?
If you aren't lucky enough to win tickets to the event, you won't be able to buy them. Apple says that anyone who purchases tickets for the iTunes Festival will be refused entry. Plus, tickets can't be sold, traded, transferred or used as a prize unless it is part of a promotion that the event organisers have authorised, so be careful with that too.
Ticket holders will be asked to bring photo identification, so tickets can't be given to family or friends either, unless you're going with them, of course.
If it gets to the night of the event and you've still not won any tickets, you don't have to miss out completely. Apple will be streaming live shows on the iTunes Store and with Apple TV. You can also watch the shows later, as they'll remain available for a limited time after the event.
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