Is Apple Music Festival happening in 2017? And if so, how do I get tickets?
We’ve been expecting Apple to announce its Apple Music Festival – the rebranded version of its popular yearly iTunes Festival – for September 2017 but it now looks like the event has been killed off.
In absence of any official announcements from Apple, read on for comment from the venue that’s held the event for the past eight years, and other rumours about Apple Music Festival 2017.
Where will it be held?
If AMF 2017 was to go ahead, Camden’s Roundhouse venue would be overwhelming favourites to host it again. But we’ve spoken to the venue and they say it’s been cancelled.
“I can confirm that after 10 brilliant years of the Apple Music Festival – 8 of which were at the Roundhouse – Apple decided that 2016 was the last time they’ll run the festival,” a spokesperson said to us over email.
It’s possible, we suppose, that Apple may be simply switching venues, and may have explained this to the Roundhouse in a vague way that has been misinterpreted. But if it is happening this year, we’d expect to hear from Apple very soon.
Since 2012 the festival has been a September thing (with the exception of a spin-off event in Texas that happened in March 2014). In 2016 it lasted from 18-30 Sept.
To narrow down the dates we checked the Roundhouse’s listings, and noticed a gap of 13 days, and thought we’d been very clever (it’s a longer gap than the venue has any time in October or November). So we predicted that Apple Music Festival 2017 would take place from 11-22 Sept (approximately).
But since the Roundhouse has now confirmed that they’re hosting this year, it’s basically impossible to predict the dates until Apple releases some information.
How to watch Apple Music Festival online
Obviously the best way to watch Apple Music Festival is to get tickets and watch it in person – we discuss how to get tickets in the next section. But if you can’t get tickets, it’s still possible to watch the concerts remotely.
“The live performances will be made available live and on demand to Apple Music members in 100 countries on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Apple TV and Android phones,” said Apple.
How to get tickets
Apple tries to limit tickets to UK residents only. In the past you’ve had to apply for tickets through iTunes so it’s preferable to have a UK Apple ID and iTunes account.
In previous years, you have to apply for tickets to specific gigs via an online ballot. If you’re lucky and you are selected, you then pay for your ticket.
Apple has said: “Fans based in the UK can apply to win tickets by entering prize draws on Apple Music, as well as through select media partners.”
Tickets will be non-refundable and very limited in number. In previous years the London Evening Standard has run competitions to win tickets, so be on the lookout for London-based offers like this if you’re unsuccessful in the official ballot.
You can only apply for free tickets to the Festival if you’re an Apple Music subscriber. If you’re not, you’ll have to sign up to the service in order to be in with a chance of going.
You can sign up for a free 3-month trial here if you’re a first-time user.
Signing up to Apple Music is also necessary in order to watch the shows online. Sorry, Spotify fans.
How to get more information
If you’d like to get more information, visit the Apple Music Festival website. Apple is likely to make further announcements and updates on the Apple Music radio station Beats 1.
Past festival line-ups
The 2017 Apple Music Festival will (would) be the 11th of its kind. Here are the line-ups from some previous years.
Apple Music Festival 2016 line-up
- 18 September: Elton John
- 19 September: The 1975
- 20 September: Alicia Keys
- 21 September: OneRepublic
- 23 September: Calvin Harris
- 25 September: Robbie Williams
- 26 September: Bastille
- 27 September: Britney Spears
- 28 September: Michael Bublé
- 30 September: Chance The Rapper
Apple Music Festival 2015 line-up
- 20 September 2015: The Chemical Brothers
- 20 September 2015: Take That
- 22 September 2015: One Direction
- 23 September 2015: The Weekend
- 25 September 2015: Disclosure
- 26 September 2015: Pharrell Williams
- 28 September 2015: Florence + The Machine
iTunes Festival 2014 line-up
- 1 September: deadmau5
- 2 September: Beck & Jenny Lewis
- 3 September: David Guetta, Clean Bandit & Robin Schulz
- 4 September: 5 Seconds of Summer & Charlie Simpson
- 5 September: Kasabian
- 6 September: Tony Bennett
- 7 September: Calvin Harris & Kiesza
- 8 September: Robert Plant & Like Sital-Singh
- 9 September: Sam Smith & SOHN
- 10 September: Pharrell Williams & Jungle
- 11 September: Maroon 5, Nick Gardner & Matthew Koma
- 12 September: Elbow & Nick Mulvey
- 13 September: Paolo Nutini & Rae Morris
- 14 September: David Gray & Lisa Hannigan
- 15 September: The Script & Foxes
- 16 September: Blondie & Chrissie Hynde
- 17 September: Gregory Porter & Eric Whitacre
- 18 September: Jessie Ware & Little Dragon
- 20 September: Rudimental & Jess Glynne
- 21 September: Ryan Adams & First Aid Kit
- 22 September: Jessie J & James Bay
- 23 September: Placebo
- 24 September: Ben Howard & Hozier
- 25 September: Mary J. Blige
- 26 September: Lenny Kravitz & Wolf Alice
- 27 September: Kylie
- 28 September: Nicola Benedetti, Milos & Alison Balsom
- 29 September: Ed Sheeran & Foy Vance