The Guardian festival blog: Apple cancels its London music festival | Music

Apple has axed its yearly London music festival, which has hosted Foo Fighters, Elton John, Alicia Keys and Ed Sheeran amongst others.

Inaugurated in 2007 as the iTunes festival and rebranded as the Apple Music festival in 2015, the event was held at the Roundhouse for much of its tenure. An ambitious lineup of A-list stars was assembled each September, with a free daily concert for prize-winners. In 2015, the festival was scaled back to 10 shows.

The cancellation comes as Apple focuses on creating its own content, as well as hosting music, TV and films to stream and buy. It recently launched the TV series Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, and is expected to start creating music-themed content. Apple recently hired two former Sony television executives, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, to help develop shows. Meanwhile, Apple’s online radio station, Beats 1, has been on air since 2015.

The company is also gearing up…


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