iTunes Festival kicks off with Lady Gaga

Apple’s iTunes Festival began tonight in London, England with headlining act, Lady Gaga.

I must admit, I’ve never been to a Gaga concert before, so this was a new experience for me. As a music lover, I have respect for the amount of work she puts into her music, so I was looking forward to seeing her performance.

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She didn’t disappoint. It was clearly a big production—shortly after Gaga came onstage, the dancers and props and musicians came to life behind her. It’s interesting to imagine just how much work goes into putting on a show like this, which lasted just over an hour.

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The iTunes Festival marks Gaga’s first major performance since having major hip surgery—an injury that could have sidelined her for a lot longer than it did. Gaga talked to her fans quite a bit through the show. She talked about love, happiness, joy and how much she missed them. It seemed to go on a long time for me, but the fans all seemed to enjoy it.

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There are plenty of great artists left to play this month. Elton John, Katy Perry, John Legend, Pixies and Justin Timberlake will all play the festival and entertain fans.

I’ve been to a lot of music festivals over the years, but I don’t think anything compares to the scope of what Apple is putting on with the iTunes Festival.

Apple chose to hold the festival at the Roundhouse in London. The venue holds about 3,000 people, so the concerts are an intimate experience for the artist and fans alike. It’s a great decision to use this type of venue because it feels even more special for the fans—they feel closer.

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From my seat in the balcony, it didn’t look like there was a bad seat in the house. Everyone was enjoying themselves, people were dancing and the fans at the front were screaming their heads off with every word Gaga said.

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It was a great time.

The iTunes Festival runs for the entire month of September with a new artist playing live every night. If you’re not in London or didn’t get tickets, you can watch the concerts live by downloading the iTunes Festival app on your iPhone or iPad. You can also watch the concerts free on your Apple TV.



  • Moeskido

    Cool. As my wife has said, I’d much rather see a Gaga show than one by Madonna. Gaga can actually sing.

  • Below$550AShareIsPathetic!}:-D

    I really like her current single “Applause” and the video for it is well-orchestrated and fast moving. I’ve been using the new Vevo channel on Roku which is terrific. I’ve always respected Gaga for her attitude and the way she showed up all those people who doubted her before she made it big.

  • whanda

    Good music made impossible to listen to by her self serving egotistical blabber. Way over produced. I had to shut her off after 30 minutes. I may be tempted to buy, and listen to the music without all the bull.

  • http://www.ctcampbell.com/ Chris Campbell

    The ‘bad seats’ are the people in the standing area where you can’t see a thing unless you are within 4 feet of the stage.