For those of us who prefer to avoid the rain-soaked muddy fields of music festivals and would rather experience live music from the comfort of the couch, iTunes Festival (itunesfestival.com) may just be your hot ticket. For the 31 days of July, Apple have curated a lineup of gigs in The Roundhouse venue in London which are given out free in a ticket lottery but being a technology company, Apple are also offering a free app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad which enables you to watch whole concerts for up to 30 days after each event.
It’s a pretty serious lineup too, with artists like Paul Simon, Linkin Park, Adele, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Friendly Fires, Coldplay, Mogwai, Magnetic Man and Moby all performing over the course of the month.
So far the video highlights are many. For an artist who doesn’t do festivals or stadiums, the opportunity to watch a full 90 minute concert from Adele is reason alone for installing the app. No gimmicks on stage, just a relatable human singer and her band. Adele’s support, Michael Kiwanuka, the soulful London singer who sounds like Bill Withers also impresses. Elsewhere, Linkin Park do a bizarre cover of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep, Seasick Steve captivates an audience with his blues style, Arctic Monkeys played songs from their new album Suck It And See, My Chemical Romance brought the American teenage angst, Foo Fighters bring the American rock classics and Ed Sheeran commanded a big stage all on his own with his signature looped R&B version of old British folk song Wayfaring Stranger.
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