Apple announces iTunes Festival 2014

Apple has announced details of this year’s iTunes Festival.

As before, the eighth iTunes Festival will take place over the 30 days of September in London, with performances from some of the hottest acts in pop and rock staged at Camden’s Roundhouse.

This year’s lineup sees big hitters such as Pharrell Williams, Beck, and Kylie joining Maroon 5, Kasabian, Blondie, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Robert Plant, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Kiesza, and Jungle. There are more acts yet to be announced.

Once again, Apple is doling out free tickets to these performances on a lottery basis. You sign up through the official section on iTunes, adding whichever artists take your fancy, giving you a slim chance of winning two tickets to each of the live performances.

You’ll also get the chance to win tickets through various local media outlets.

The majority who don’t win won’t be completely left out in the cold. As always, Apple will live-stream each performance to anyone with a computer, iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV. Rather than launching a dedicated app for those watching on iOS devices, the performances will simply be available through the iTunes store.

This will be the first UK iTunes Festival since Apple took the idea global back in March, with a series of shows at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

It will be interesting to see if Apple uses the 2014 iTunes Festival to launch iTune Radio in this country, or whether its recently acquired Beats Music streaming service will step outside of the US for the first time.

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Via: The Guardian