Since 2007, Apple's iTunes Festival has brought an entire month's worth of concerts to its users. Every night in September, fans can watch their favorite artists perform at the Roundhouse arts center in London without going across the pond, and this year's lineup proves to be one of their biggest ever.
Kicking off the festival on Sept. 1 is none other than the Momma Monster herself, Lady Gaga. Gaga is known for her fun and flashy concerts, and with the rehearsal clips she posted online this week, it seems that all us Little Monsters are going to be hearing a lot from her upcoming album, ARTPOP.
Gaga recently told the U.K. paper The Sun that she will be playing seven new songs at the festival, adding, "I've kept some back for later in the year."
Closing the festival is Katy Perry, who announced her involvement on her Twitter feed a little over a week ago.
In between Gaga and Perry, some huge music stars like Justin Timberlake, Elton John, The Pixies, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age and Robin Thicke (sans Miley, thank goodness) will take the stage next to some emerging artists like The 1975, NO CEREMONY/// and Iggy Azalea.
There are three ways to watch the concerts — well, four if you count going to London and getting tickets. You can watch on your computer at the iTunes store, Apple TV users can watch in HD from the main page or you can download the iTunes Festival app to your phone or iPad.
Each headlining act is scheduled to perform at 9:00 p.m. London time, which translates to 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST.
If you miss it, many acts can be viewed for a limited time after the concert, and of course, iTunes will be selling some of the performances at the iTunes store.
The iTunes Festival begs the question, however: How many artists in the future will turn to online concerts rather than the grind of touring? While there is a lot to be said for the live concert, between ticket costs, parking and finding a babysitter, the free iTunes Festival is a great way to go to a concert without having to go to a concert.
Are online concerts the concerts of the future? Do you think certain artists will stop touring? Let us know in the comments.
iTunes Festival lineup
1 — Lady Gaga
2 — Sigur Rós and POLIÇA
3 — The Lumineers and Phox
4 — Paramore and Fenech-Soler
5 — Rizzle Kicks
6 — Queens of the Stone Age and Palma Violets
7 — Phoenix and Little Green Cars
8 — Bastille and The 1975
9 — Arctic Monkeys and Drenge
10 — Jake Bugg and Valerie June
11 — Kings of Leon and Jimmy Eat World
12 — Elton John and Tom Odell
13 — Avicii
14 — Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and Janelle Monáe
15 — Vampire Weekend and The Olms
16 — Jack Johnson and Bahamas
17 — Ludovico Einaudi and Agnes Obel
18 — Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Family Rain
19 — Kendrick Lamar
20 — Primal Scream and Skinny Girl Diet
21 — HAIM and Dan Croll
22 — Ellie Goulding
23 — Jessie J and Lawson
24 — Robin Thicke
25 — Pixies and NO CEREMONY///
26 — Tinie Tempah and Naughty Boy
27 — Dizzee Rascal
28 — John Legend
29 — Justin Timberlake
30 — Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop
Opening acts start in the afternoon at 2:45 p.m. EST/11:45 a.m. PST, and headlining acts start at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST.
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