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Every year the lovely people at iTunes treat us Londoners to a seriously good series of free gigs, and in 2014 they’ve gone and done it again. The ever-popular iTunes Festival rolls into town for its eighth run this September and is set to bring 30 nights of superb music to the Roundhouse. It’s a fantastic venue to catch international pop gods like Pharrell and Kylie, rising stars such as Kiesza and leftfield legends such as Beck.

Tickets are won on a ballot basis: enter your details at itunesfestival.com to be in with a chance. iTunes will be adding acts to line-up the festival right up until its opening in September, which is when exact show times will also be confirmed.

  1. Our pick of this year's iTunes Festival gigs
  2. See the full festival line-up

Ten must-see gigs at this year's iTunes Festival

  • Beck + Jenny Lewis

    Tue Sep 2

    A giant of alt rock, twisted hip hop and anti-folk since the early ’90s, Bek David Campbell comes to London to play from his enormous discography at the iTunes Festival. Recent career moves have included releasing a play-it-yourself album of sheet music, writing songs for a fictional band called 'Sex Bob-omb' and remixing Philip Glass, but Beck made a stunning return to more traditional ways this year with his first recorded album since 2008: 'Morning Phase'. Two (!) more records are still due this year, so you can look forward to plenty of newies at this gig, where former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis plays second fiddle on the line-up.

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    Pharrell Williams + Jungle

    Wed Sep 10

    Eighteen months-ish since he rebooted his career with a Vaseline-smooth vocal on Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, and almost a year since he followed through with the smash hit follow-up ‘Happy’, age-defying R&B dude Pharrell Williams returns to London for a show as part of the iTunes Festival. His recent live performances have set songs from his latest album ‘GIRL’ alongside material from throughout an incredible 15-year career as a singer and producer. Supporting Pharrell are cryptic London duo Jungle, who’ve quickly become one of 2014’s hype sensations.

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  • Jessie Ware + Little Dragon

    Thu Sep 18

    A silky-voiced London singer who's tapped straight into the UK bass scene, Ware has collaborated with some of the smartest cats out there including Sampha, Joker, SBTRKT and Julio Bashmore. Her smooth R&B debut, 'Devotion', was one of Time Out's top ten albums of 2012, and the follow-up 'Tough Love' is sounding pretty special too. If you didn't get tickets to her intimate church launch shows for the new album, then enter now for your chance to catch her playing in Camden for iTunes Festival. As a rather hefty bonus, you can also enjoy haunting and esoteric Swedish electro-pop four-piece Little Dragon as a support act.

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    Robert Plant + Luke Sital-Singh

    Mon Sep 8

    The ringlet-haired singer-songwriter formerly of impossibly influential '70s heavy rock gods Led Zeppelin – also a literate and highly articulate solo interpreter of the blues and an enthusiastic and wide-ranging collaborator – performs as part of the iTunes Festival. So far, it seems like this will be a solo performance (as opposed to a show with his band, Sensational Space Shifters) which should mean a whole lotta blues and possibly, if you're lucky, some timeless Zep classics. Plant will be supported here by rising singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh.

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    Kylie + MNEK

    Sat Sep 27

    Ms Minogue returns in all her ever-smiling, costume-changing, high-gloss pop glory, drawing on a hefty back catalogue that runs the gamut from the genuinely great ('Can't Get You Out of My Head') to the frankly rather grisly ('The Locomotion'), but chiefly promoting her poptastic new record 'Kiss Me Once'. Party-starting pop prince MNEK backs Kylie up in the support slot.

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  • Mary J Blige

    Thu Sep 25

    Arguably the queen of hip-hop soul – much loved for the intensely confessional, highly personal nature of her lyrics – Mary J Blige performs a rare London date as part of the iTunes Festival. She'll likely be breaking out all kind of hits and bits from her impressive and extensive back catalogue, though probably not from 2013 Xmas-themed album 'A Mary Christmas'.

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    Jessie J + James Bay

    Mon Sep 22

    Talent show judge, motormouth, songwriter and all-round vocal acrobat Jessica Cornish – aka Jessie J – arrives in London with a bang to perform her high-energy dance pop and soulful, electronic R&B as part of this year's iTunes Festival. She is, undeniably, a top performer with a huge pair of lungs and the confidence to match, and will no doubt be performing songs from second album 'Alive', released in October of last year. Supporting Double J is James Bay, a young, acoustic guitar-toting, hat-loving troubadour. Bay sings slow and steady folk numbers like Damien Rice and is a hot tip at the moment.

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  • Ryan Adams + First Aid Kit

    Sun Sep 21

    Once the boy wonder of country-rock, now 39 but no less prolific and volatile, Adams returns to London to play songs from his self-titled new album, and a few from 'Ashes and Fire' (recorded with legendary Led Zep and Who producer Glyn Johns) alongside the old favourites. This free iTunes Festival show, with support from David Cameron-tipped Swedish folk sisters First Aid Kit, is an intimate gig for the man who sold out the Albert Hall only last year.

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    Rudimental + Jess Glynne

    Sat Sep 20

    Back in 2012, this four-strong Hackney outfit came out of nowhere grabbed the Number One spot on the singles chart with 'Feel the Love': a euphoric smasher featuring vocalist John Newman, which fused jazzy, old-school soul with dubstep. Rudimental went on to produce one of the best albums of 2013, 'Home', and blow the roof of several major London venues with their all-out, full-band, brass-heavy live incarnation. Now they return to preview new tracks from a second album and drop the hits at iTunes Festival. Rising, chart-topping house-pop vocalist Jess Glynne sings in support.

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  • Gregory Porter + Eric Whitacre

    Wed Sep 17

    US soul-jazz singer Gregory Porter got critics, fans and musicians raving with his stunning Grammy-nominated debut 'Water', and he's the real deal live too. He returns to London with his third album, 'Liquid Spirit', and combines the deep soulfulness of John Lucien, the hipness of Kurt Elling and the streetwise lyrical style of Gil Scott-Heron in his prime, bringing an earthy emotional power to all that he sings. Composer, conductor and lecturer Eric Whitacre performs a support set.

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Beck + Jenny Lewis

Tue Sep 2

A giant of alt rock, twisted hip hop and anti-folk since the early ’90s, Bek David Campbell comes to London to play from his enormous discography at the iTunes Festival. Recent career moves have included releasing a play-it-yourself album of sheet music, writing songs for a fictional band called 'Sex Bob-omb' and remixing Philip Glass, but Beck made a stunning return to more traditional ways this year with his first recorded album since 2008: 'Morning Phase'. Two (!) more records are still due this year, so you can look forward to plenty of newies at this gig, where former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis plays second fiddle on the line-up.

Read more about Beck and Jenny Lewis


As the annual series brings some of the biggest names in music to London, we take the temperature of the pop world. Check out who's hot and who's not at this year's iTunes Festival

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Luke Burns
Luke Burns

Looks a great line-line-up. There are some pretty good support acts. Is there more support acts names to be posted . Luke

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