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Apple Music Festival (formerly iTunes Festival) is a pop and rock festival held annually as a series of concerts during September at The Roundhouse in London, United Kingdom.

The 5,000 capacity Roundhouse features a line up of pop, rock and indie acts over 10 nights.

Tickets are free and allocated randomly to UK residents who have applied for them. Apple Music members can watch the festival online in HD.

Vibe

Unlike most festivals, the Apple Music Festival is held as a series of 10 concerts during September. Artists play in Camden’s iconic Roundhouse venue.

With a capacity of 5,000, tickets are in extremely high demand. But lucky winners can expect world-famous acts in a much more intimate venue than they would typically play.

Due to the random nature of ticket allocation, the crowd is always made up from a diverse range of people and ages (16+ or accompanied by an adult).

Line-up

The 2016 line up included: Elton John, The 1975, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris, Robbie Williams, Bastille, Britney Spears, Michael Bublé, Chance The Rapper.

Each headliner will also have a support act.

Tickets

Once the line up has been announced, UK residents can apply through iTunes for the gigs they want to attend. Winners receive one ticket plus one guest ticket, and you will be notified if you’ve won up to four days before the gig.

You can apply for as many nights as you want, but can only win a maximum of five pairs of tickets. Alternatively, many acts and support acts will hold pre-festival ticket giveaways. Depending on the size of the act, these can give you a much greater chance.

Due to the size of the festival compared with the small capacity of the venue, winning tickets is in no way guaranteed. If you’re unsuccessful, Apple music members can stream the event in HD.

Resale

Apple Music Festival tickets are completely non-transferable, so trying to use a ticket that you yourself didn't win is quite likely to get picked up by the tight security.

Children

Under 16s will need to be accompanied by an adult, but the vibe is family-friendly due to the acts playing and the random ticket allocation.

Disability Access

The venue caters well for disabled access, see help.roundhouse.org.uk/customer/portal/topics/693768-venue-accessibility/articles for details.

Camping & Other Accommodation

The structure of the festival as well as the location mean that camping is not possible.

The venue opens at 6pm and the acts start around 9pm each night. Camden is a vibrant part of north-west London with plenty of hotels to choose from, as well as excellent transport links to the rest of London including night buses and night tubes.

What to do

The venue is relatively small and nights only consist of the acts. However, the venue is in Camden which is at the heart of London.

Within walking, bus or tube distance from the venue, you’ll be able to find everything London has to offer. The venue opens at 6pm and acts start at roughly 9pm, so there’s plenty of time to spend the day exploring London’s enormous array of museums, bars, restaurants, parks, landmarks and attractions.

Eating & Drinking

The Roundhouse is host to five bars, including a Roundhouse members’ bar and a terrace bar. These are great options to be close to the action, but are likely to be busy on the night.

Instead, it would be a good idea to take advantage of Camden’s food and drink scene.

Camden Market is open 7 days a week between 10am and 7pm and is right next to The Roundhouse. With over 1,000 unique stalls selling everything from clothing to food to drink to random trinkets, it’s a must-visit event in Camden.

Camden also hosts many highly-rated restaurants. Mildred’s will provide for vegetarians and vegans perfectly, while Andy’s Greek Taverna is one of the top-rated restaurants in London on TripAdvisor.

Drugs

Illegal drugs are strictly forbidden. All attendees will be searched on entry, and there is the possibility of detection animals at entrances.

Security

As well as illegal drugs and psychoactive substances, Apple list food and drink, flares and fireworks, and bags and suitcases larger than a small rucksack as prohibited items.

Security searches are a condition of entry, and inside the venue security is tight too.

Travel

The Roundhouse is a short walk from the closest tube station, Chalk Farm on the Northern line. The Northern line stops at plenty of national and international train stations, including London Bridge, Moorgate, King’s Cross St. Pancras, Euston, Charing Cross, and Waterloo.

There’s also a bus stop at the venue. The 31, 168, 393, N5, N28, and N31 stop there, providing good links around London.

Parking

Apple themselves warn against parking near the venue. Avoid coming by car if possible, or make sure you come a few hours early and park elsewhere.