Who's playing at the Apple Music Festival 2016? And how do I get tickets for the Apple Music Festival (formerly iTunes Festival)?

Last year Apple rebranded its iTunes Festival to the Apple Music Festival. On Monday 22 August the company announced Apple Music Festival 10, a ten-day festival of "exhilarating nights of live music" in London that will run from 18-30 September 2016. 

The '10' branding refers not only to the ten nights of live show, which will be held at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, but also the tenth year Apple has run a version of the festival.

The headline artists have just been announced for this year, by Julie Adenuga, the London voice of the Apple Music radio station Beats 1. (Apple Music Festival announcements are generally made over Beats 1.) Read on for all the details about the Apple Music Festival 2016, including the Apple Music Festival 2016 lineup, Apple Music Festival dates, and how to get tickets for Apple Music Festival 2016.

Apple Music Festival 2016 lineup: Who is playing at Apple Music Festival 10? 

Apple has announced the headline artists who will be playing at 2016's Apple Music Festival.

Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance The Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975 will all be taking to the stage in Camden from 18 to 30 September 2016.

Here's the schedule: 

  • 18 September: Elton John
  • 19 September: The 1975
  • 20 September: Alicia Keys
  • 21 September: OneRepublic
  • 23 September: Calvin Harris
  • 25 September: Robbie Williams
  • 26 September: Bastille
  • 27 September: Britney Spears
  • 28 September: Michael Bublé
  • 30 September: Chance The Rapper

Apple has also released statements from some of the artists. Britney, for instance, said: "I'm so excited to go back to London, which is a special place for me to visit, and I'm really looking forward to performing at the Apple Music Festival. It's also their 10th birthday! It's going to be a great party."

We're excited too, Britney!

Apple Music Festival 2016 dates: When and where is the Apple Music Festival being held? 

All ten nights of Apple Music Festival 2016 (formerly iTunes Festival) will be held at the Camden Roundhouse in London from Sunday 18 September to Friday 30 September 2016. Think of it as a send-off to the summer.

Apple Music Festival 2016: How to watch Apple Music Festival online

Obviously the best way to watch Apple Music Festival 2016 is to get tickets and watch it in person - we discuss how to get tickets to Apple Music Festival 2016 in the next section. But if you can't get tickets, it's still possible to watch the concerts remotely.

"The live performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones," said Apple.

Apple Music Festival 2016: Who can buy tickets for Apple Music?

You can only apply for tickets to the Apple Music Festival 10 if you're a UK resident. Last year, you had to apply for tickets through iTunes so it's preferable to have a UK Apple ID and iTunes account.

Apple Music Festival 2016: How to get tickets for Apple Music Festival 2016

Apple tries to limit tickets to UK residents only. In previous years, you have to apply for tickets to specific gigs via an online ballot. If you're lucky and you are selected, you then pay for your ticket.

So far, Apple has said only: "Fans based in the UK can apply to win tickets by entering prize draws on Apple Music, as well as through select media partners."

Tickets will be non-refundable and very limited in number. In previous years the London Evening Standard has run competitions to win tickets, so be on the lookout for London-based offers like this if you're unsuccessful in the official ballot.

How to get tickets for Apple Music Festival 2016

Apple Music Festival 2016: How to get more information about Apple Music Festival 2016

If you'd like to get more information about Apple Music Festival 2016, visit the Apple Music Festival website. Apple is likely to make further announcements and updates on the Apple Music radio station Beats 1. And there should also be plenty of discussion of the festival on social media; Apple is encouraging fans to use the hashtag #AMF10.

Apple Music Festival 2016

Check out everything below the line for our write-up on the festival from 2015 and 2014. We'll update the above 2016 information with further details as soon as we know them.


Information on Apple Music Festival from 2015

Apple has announced its ninth annual iTunes Festival, though to honour the recently announced Apple Music, the festival is now called the Apple Music Festival. Just like in recent years, the Apple Music Festival is coming to London's Roundhouse venue this September. The Festival will last for 10 days, from the 19 September until the 28 September and will feature some of the biggest names in music. Here, we bring you the latest Apple Music Festival information, including the Apple Music Festival 2015 line-up and how to get tickets.

Apple has released the details of 2015’s Apple Music Festival, which looks set to be a big one with huge names such as ‘Freedom’ singer Pharrell Williams and teen pop sensations One Direction. That’s not all though, as Disclosure and Florence + The Machine are also due to perform at the festival.

Additional artists and dates will be announced over the next couple of weeks, so make sure you check back for the latest details.

See also: How to use Apple Music in the UK | How to cancel your Apple Music free trial (and stop it turning into a paid membership)

Tickets to the Apple Music Festival are free, but the catch is you'll have to win them by entering ballots on iTunes (see below for more information) or winning competitions that’ll be run by the London Evening Standard. Tickets are normally very limited, so it really is the luck of the draw. They are non-transferable, too, so there'll be no buying them on eBay or Gumtree either.

Apple has decided to do something special for those of us without tickets this year. In previous years, Apple would stream each event live on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes or Apple TV through dedicated apps, with each event available to watch on-demand after they've ended.

This year however, the live streams will be available via the Apple Music app on iPhone and iPad, via iTunes on Mac and PC, and via the Apple TV for a truly HD stream. In addition to streaming all the musical action over the 10 days of the Apple Music Festival, fans will also be able to access backstage news and footage directly from the performers via Apple Music’s social tool, Connect (not compatible with Apple TV).

“We wanted to do something really special for music fans this year,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The Apple Music Festival is a greatest hits set of ten unbelievable nights featuring some of the best performers on the planet appearing live and interacting directly with their fans on Connect and Beats 1.”

You can head over to the official Apple Music Festival page in Apple Music/iTunes to see festival updates and listen to songs by the performing artists, completely free of charge (if you’re an Apple Music subscriber) by clicking the above link.

Apple is expected to announce the full line-up as 19 September approaches, but you can see the current official Apple Music Festival line-up below.

Apple Music Festival 2015: Line-up

  • 20 September 2015: The Chemical Brothers
  • 20 September 2015: Take That
  • 22 September 2015: One Direction
  • 23 September 2015: The Weekend
  • 25 September 2015: Disclosure
  • 26 September 2015: Pharrell Williams
  • 28 September 2015: Florence + The Machine

See also: Apple Music vs Spotify comparison

Apple Music Festival 2015: How to get tickets to the Apple Music Festival

So, how can you win tickets to 2015’s Apple Music Festival? It’s a pretty straight forward process really, and can be done via iTunes on a PC or Mac, or the Apple Music app on an iPhone or iPad. The first thing to do is access the Apple Music Festival page, which can be done by clicking here or opening iTunes and navigating to the “New” tab and clicking on the Apple Music Festival tile.

From here, you can access all the information you need regarding the festival, including the line up, related music and the various behind-the-scenes content via the Connect tab. There should also be a tab which says “Win tickets” – click it (or click here to open it directly within iTunes on a Mac/PC).

From here, all you need to do is select which dates you’d like to apply for (you can apply for multiple dates so don’t worry about choosing!), fill out your personal details, and submit your entry. Apple will be choosing winners at random and notifying them before the event commences next month, so once you’ve applied for tickets, make sure you keep an eye on your email inbox. Once you’ve been notified, you’ll have 72 hours to confirm your place before you forfeit your tickets.

Don’t worry if you can’t apply for tickets at the moment, as Apple’s servers are taking a beating and the service seems to be down for some users – just try again later!

If you want to compare this years festival to last year's iTunes Festival, head on over to the next page to see last years coverage.

Information on iTunes Festival from 2014

Apple has announced the eighth annual iTunes Festival, which is coming to London's Roundhouse venue every night this September. Here, we bring you the latest iTunes Festival information, including the iTunes Festival 2014 line-up.

On 21 July, Apple released the first details of 2014's iTunes Festival, which looks set to be a big one with huge names such as 'Happy' singer Pharrell Williams and Australian pop princess Kylie. Additional artists were announced on 19 August, including Elbow, Paolo Nutini, The Script, Rudimental and Ryan Adams.

On 26 August, Apple announced even more artists, though the list is still incomplete. New additions include Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Mary J. Blige. Read on for the full line-up and the dates they're set to play.

See also: How to win iTunes Festival 2014 tickets

This year, Apple took iTunes Festival outside the UK for the first time, with a week of iTunes Festival performances taking place in Texas in March at SXSW. London's iTunes Festival, which is now in its eighth year, is a much bigger event, with 60 acts performing across 30 nights. In the past, the iTunes Festival has featured acts including Adele, Coldplay, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Oasis, Sir Paul McCartney and more.

Tickets to the iTunes Festival are free, but the catch is you'll have to win them by entering ballots on iTunes or entering competitions run by third-parties such as the London Evening Standard. Tickets are normally very limited, so it really is the luck of the draw. They are non-transferable, too, so there'll be no buying them on eBay or Gumtree either.

For those without tickets, Apple will stream each event live on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes or Apple TV through dedicated apps, and each event will be available to watch on-demand after they've ended.

Apple is expected to announce the full line-up as September approaches, but you can see the current official iTunes Festival 2014 line-up below.

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iTunes Festival 2014 line-up

  • 1 September: deadmau5
  • 2 September: Beck & Jenny Lewis
  • 3 September: David Guetta, Clean Bandit & Robin Schulz
  • 4 September: 5 Seconds of Summer & Charlie Simpson
  • 5 September: Kasabian
  • 6 September: Tony Bennett
  • 7 September: Calvin Harris & Kiesza
  • 8 September: Robert Plant & Like Sital-Singh
  • 9 September: Sam Smith & SOHN
  • 10 September: Pharrell Williams & Jungle
  • 11 September: Maroon 5, Nick Gardner & Matthew Koma
  • 12 September: Elbow & Nick Mulvey
  • 13 September: Paolo Nutini & Rae Morris
  • 14 September: David Gray & Lisa Hannigan
  • 15 September: The Script & Foxes
  • 16 September: Blondie & Chrissie Hynde
  • 17 September: Gregory Porter & Eric Whitacre
  • 18 September: Jessie Ware & Little Dragon
  • 20 September: Rudimental & Jess Glynne
  • 21 September: Ryan Adams & First Aid Kit
  • 22 September: Jessie J & James Bay
  • 23 September: Placebo
  • 24 September: Ben Howard & Hozier
  • 25 September: Mary J. Blige
  • 26 September: Lenny Kravitz & Wolf Alice
  • 27 September: Kylie
  • 28 September: Nicola Benedetti, Milos & Alison Balsom
  • 29 September: Ed Sheeran & Foy Vance

Visit the iTunes Festival website for more information.

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