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 first 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
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
- 22 September 2015: One Direction
- 25 September 2015: Disclosure
- 26 September 2015: Pharrell Williams
- 28 September 2015: Florence + The Machine
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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.