So it would appear that I’ve won a pair of tickets to the iTunes Festival this weekend!
The annual free festival, which is held at Camden’s Roundhouse venue, showcases some of the biggest names in music throughout September. The line up this year so far has been outstanding, and has included Bastille, Queens of the Stone Age (still gutted I didn’t get tickets!), Lady Gaga, and the Arctic Monkeys to name but a few.
Tickets are seemingly notoriously hard to come by, although I was able to attend in 2011 to see Magnetic Man and Katy B – who were actually pretty decent live:
So tomorrow evening I’m going to be having the pleasure of seeing Janelle Monae, followed by the disco legends that are Chic and Nile Rodgers!
For those of you who aren’t aware of Janelle Monae’s stuff, her music is quite hard to pigeon-hole into a particular genre – psychedelic soul is one thing it could be classed as! She’s collaborated with the likes of Big Boi from Outkast and Erykah Badu in recent years, here’s a couple of her songs:
Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
Q.U.E.E.N (ft. Erykah Badu) – from her recent album, The Electric Lady
Safe to say that regardless of what era you were born in, you are pretty likely to have heard at least one song by Nile Rodgers before! He’s known for his work as a writer, producer, and all-round talented musician; and much of his production work has helped to lay the foundations for the successful careers of many artists we know and love today. Some of the artists he’s worked with include David Bowie, Blondie, Madonna, and Duran Duran; and he also wrote the soundtracks for a couple of the Halo games.
As for Chic, at least one of these legendary 70s disco tracks is bound to have graced your ears at a family party/wedding/birthday/night out at some point… and if you have heard it, you’d probably be lying if you said you didn’t get the urge to start dancing immediately! 😉
Le Freak (for the beady eyed, yes that is a stylish and young Nile Rodgers on the guitar):
And for anyone too young to know the two songs above, he plays guitar in this (might I add, really underrated and underground) song which you may or may not have heard at some point this summer.. ahem:
I recently read that Nile won’t perform ‘Get Lucky’ unless it’s with Daft Punk, but it’s well known that Daft Punk like to keep quite a low profile. Regardless, here’s one fan hoping that they (and Pharrell Williams) decide to make a surprise appearance in London tomorrow night for this show! With this line-up though, it’s going to be an unbelievable show anyway, and I for one am extremely excited and ready to do some serious dancing! Pictures to follow 🙂