iTunes Festival 2013 Day 8 Preview: The 1975 and Bastille perform tonight

by Martin


The iTunes Festival returns tonight from the Roundhouse in London with Manchester band The 1975 and headliners Bastille taking to the stage for the night.

Yesterdays performance at the iTunes Festival from Phoenix was cancelled after one of the band members became ill. Unlike other festivals it’s not as easy to find a replacement at such short notice.

The iTunes Festival is back though and what a night it’ll be. You might remember in the lead up to the iTunes Festival I shared with you five of the bands or performers┬áthat you should definitely check out over the course of the month.

Bastille and The 1975 were two of the bands I mentioned and I can’t stress enough how good both of these bands are – in their own individual ways.


The 1975 today look on course to score a Number 1 with their self titled debut album on todays Official Albums Chart after it was revealed in the mid week race that the band could knock Avenged Sevenfold off the top.

Manchester based band The 1975 only released their album last Monday but several of the songs already proving hits in the Official Singles Chart it seemed like a no brainer that fans would get behind them at get their album to the top.

They’ll be taking to the stage at 7:45pm tonight ahead of Bastille who’ll take to the stage at 9pm.


Bastille are a band from London who first formed back in 2010. Lead singer Dan Smith began Bastille as a solo project before venturing out for fellow band members.

The collective now consists of Dan Smith, Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons.

Bastille released their debut single ‘Overjoyed’ in April 2012 and went on to release their second single ‘Bad Blood’ in August of 2012.

The second single was also the name of the bands debut album which when released in March of 2013 debuted at the top of the Official Albums Chart.

Bastille live review Liverpool University

Prior to the album being launched Bastille released their third single ‘Flaws’ which was the first track to official chart in the Official Singles Chart reaching Number 21. The band went on to release their fourth single ‘Pompeii’ in February of 2013 due to high demand.

The 1975 and Bastille are definitely two of the most promising bands right now and I can’t recommend them enough. It’s a Sunday night, what else will you be doing? Besides perhaps watching the X Factor if you’re in the UK.

Remember The 1975 take to the stage at 7:45pm while Bastille will follow at 9pm and it’s all available free of charge to stream through your iTunes app.

Ahead of tonights performance the official iTunes Festival twitter account just tweeted:

If you haven’t seen this video yet then give it a watch. This is The 1975 covering One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.