Apple Music Festival reveals first acts

Rebranded the Apple Music Festival, the iTunes Festival returns to London’s The Roundhouse this September.

Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, and Disclosure are the first headline acts to be announced for the concert series which, this year, has been cut down to 10 events, running from 19 to 28 September.

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Johnny Marr looks to London

Johnny Marr has extended his October 2015 UK tour to include a London show.

The singer and musician will be at The Forum in Kentish Town on 20 October 2015.

“Getting out on a UK tour is exciting for me,” said the musician who first rose to fame as the co-songwriter and guitarist of The Smiths from 1982 to 1987.

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The National + Menomena = EL VY in London

EL VY, a new band from The National frontman Matt Berninger and Menomena’s Brent Knopf, are set to play London in December.

The group (whose name rhymes with “hell pie”) play Electric Ballroom in Camden on 10 December in support of their debut album, ‘Return To The Moon’.

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Dan Patlansky digs deep ahead of London return

Dan Patlansky is building further anticipation ahead of his return to London with his latest music video.

Filmed on location in his native South Africa, ‘Fetch Your Spade’ features the blues-rock singer and guitarist performing the second single of his ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ album in a sweeping, barren landscape.

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The Mission: We are blood brothers

The Mission/Blood Brothers | O2 Academy Islington | 23 July 2015

The O2 Academy Islington is sticky hot. And not just due to the raging sea of bodies, sometimes piled on top of each other, their arms aloft, singing/chanting/shouting as one. On a summer’s night.

Wayne Hussey reveals he’s coming down with something and needs to sweat it out. So the temperature’s been turned up. But that’s the only concession he makes to his condition – during a jubilant two-and-a-half hours on stage, there’s no hint the singer and guitarist isn’t running at 100%. Instead, perhaps buoyed by the rapturous crowd, he genuinely seems to relish performing with all the intensity and passion demanded by his songs – be they hits or rarities.

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The Mission & Blood Brothers at O2 Academy Islington

The Mission and their intimate-show alter egos, Blood Brothers,  treated a sold-out O2 Academy Islington to close on three hours of classics (‘Butterfly On A Wheel’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Deliverance’), newer tracks (‘Wither On The Vine’, ‘Swan Song’, ‘Black Cat Bones’), and rarely performed fan favourites (‘Swoon’, ‘Evangeline’).

  • Read our review of The Mission and Blood Brothers at O2 Academy Islington here.