Apple Music Festival line-up finalised

Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood, and Mumford and Sons are the final three headliners at this year’s Apple Music Festival.

Goulding, who is working on a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Halcyon’, opens the 10-night concert series on 19 September 2015.

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Foo Fighters at Milton Keynes Bowl

Foo Fighters played the first of their two postponed Wembley Stadium shows to a capacity crowd at Milton Keynes Bowl. Opening their two-hour set with a punchy ‘Everlong’, the band powered through songs from their new album, ‘Sonic Highways’, as well as their greatest hits, some oldies, and a few fan requests.  Queen’s Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones guested on a cover of ‘Under Pressure’, but even the rock legends couldn’t upstage Dave Grohl who ruled the night from his throne of guitars.

Support came courtesy of Royal Blood and Iggy Pop.

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Heartless Bastards: The footsteps sound of thunder

Heartless Bastards | The Borderline | 1 September 2015

Never mind the giant screens, airport runway-issue lights, and monster sound of arena gigs. There’s a real thrill to watching a band up close. Seeing — sometimes, even feeling — their emotions as they perform. Tonight it’s unbridled happiness that pours from The Borderline stage, The Heartless Bastards clearly thrilled to be playing their first sold-out show in London.

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Gaslight Anthem: See you on the flip side

Gaslight Anthem | O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 29 August 2015

“Lush pancakes? Is that what you’re saying?” Brian Fallon laughs.

The punter shouts something at the stage again.

“You want me to sing ‘happy birthday’, is that it?” the singer asks, all mock indignation. He breaks out into a huge grin. “I’m not yo’ puppet!”

Whether he’s teasing audience members, introducing the army of Skeletor figurines on the guitar amps, or making finger pistols at the sound man in the wings, The Gaslight Anthem frontman is clearly in a very good mood. Especially for someone who’s about to pack this all in – for now at least.

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Against Me! & The Gaslight Anthem at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

The Gaslight Anthem’s penultimate show before taking a “step away from the band until we decide what we’d like to do next” was a celebration of their greatest hits and fan favourites played to a sold-out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Against Me! fired up the heaving crowd with a powerful set, while The Gaslight Anthem’s “most favourite person in the whole of England”, Frank Turner, showed up to duet on ‘Great Expectations’.