The Apple Music Festival (formerly known as the iTunes Festival) is a music concert series sponsored by Apple Inc. First held in 2007 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the festival then moved to KOKO for 2008 before establishing itself as an annual music event at The Roundhouse in Camden Town, London since 2009. Tickets are given away for free to fans in the UK by entering a prize draw. Performances are streamed live on Apple Music, iTunes and Apple TV and broadcast to every corner of the globe.
Setlist: Gula Avaritia Coelacanth II Raise Your Weapon (Acappella) Your Ad Here (You There Edit) Cthulhu Sleeps Superliminal My Pet Coelacanth The Longest Road (Morgan Page cover) (Acappella) Where My Keys Phantoms Can't Hang Ghost In The Shell (Yoko Kanno cover) (Acappella) Moar Ghosts n' Stuff Ghosts n' Stuff (Acappella) Ghosts n' Stuff suckfest9001 Infra Super Turbo Pig Cart Racer Acedia Drop The Poptart (Acappella) Somewhere Up Here Drop The Poptart (Acappella) Fn Pig The Veldt (Acappella) The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix) Strobe
David Gray takes to the stage a little late, undermining the theatrical iTunes countdown clock, and greets London with a warm hello. Never one for the bright lights of showbiz, he also happily plays for over two hours – beyond the allocated time slot – determined to showcase his work and worth beyond White Ladder’s millennial success. It’s fitting then that a track from new album Mutineers should kick things off. Backed by a full band (including cellist Caroline Dale), 'Birds Of The High Arctic' grows defiantly loud, Gray jumping out from behind the piano to deliver a rousing mid-section. It’s almost rockstar. This optimistic feel continues with the up-tempo 'Back in the World', underscoring the sense of renewal and go-gettedness; needed for a man who’s produced 10 albums in a hard grafted journey from bedroom production and burger joint gigs to topping charts and, more recently, living out the aftermath. After rattling through a smattering of the latest material, including 'Beautiful Agony', the jacket comes off for a stripped back, yet drivingly soulful rendition of 'My Oh My' - the first reveal of the commercially familiar tunes. As things reduce to a drumbeat, the crowd clap David into an impassioned frenzy, and a beaming smile. But the highlight of the set belongs to 'Nemesis', the most overtly personal balled of the night. The bare melodic build stretches out, backed by the cello; "let's leave this party tonight and walk up Haverstock Hill" says Gray, eyes shut in memory - shimmering star lights basking the Roundhouse in heavenly white. When the guitar’s fade back in, Gray bobs around stage; his voice raspy in climax. The audience, even those only there for the hits, cheer in appreciation. As the set carries on, some revellers grow restless, especially when Gray’s promise to “go back to the beginning” only results in early number 'Shine', a fan favourite, rather than 'This Year’s Lov'e. Yet for those who stay the course, the classics, such as 'Please Forgive Me' and 'Babylon', get extended plays. But you know all about those, tonight revealed another side to David. And it was far from grey. 1. Birds of the High Arctic 2. Back In the World 3. As the Crow Flies 4. Mutineers 5. Last Summer 6. Beautiful Agony 7. My Oh My 8. Fugitive 9. Alibi 10. Nemesis 11. Gulls 12. Shine 13. Falling Free 14. This Year's Love 15. Sail Away 16. Silver Lining 17. Please Forgive Me 18. Babylon 19. The One I Love