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Review: deadmau5 at iTunes Festival

The Canadian EDM giant opens this year's festival in a MASSIVE way...


The iTunes Festival at London's Camden Roundhouse came back with a massive bang last night – thanks to Canadian dance music pioneer deadmau5.

Friend Within got the crowd suitably warmed up to kick things off, thanks to a roster of special guests including Ella Eyre and Eliza Doolittle, but the main event of deadmau5 couldn't have been bigger, brighter or louder if he possibly tried.

The faceless DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, may not be as big a name as some of the other dance superstars on this year's line-up, but having crafted a trademark electro-house sound since he exploded back in 2005, deadmau5 proof he's not a force to be underestimated or unrecognised.

Not only that, but the DJ and producer brought one of the biggest and brightest light shows the iTunes Festival has ever seen. And with an unbridled atmosphere that only a room full of devoted deadmau5 fans could produce, it felt more like raving in Ibiza at 2am on a Saturday than being in Camden on a Monday night.

The thing about iTunes Festival is that, every year, it brings together people from all different backgrounds and walks of life – all different ages, ethnicities and, yes, even sexualities – who share one common love: music.

And thanks to iTunes, you didn't have to be in Camden last night to enjoy the EDMagic – you can go back and listen again from anywhere in the world, whether it's your office, bedroom or even while you're doing the dishes.

This year's festival boasts one of the best line-ups yet, with champions of dance like Calvin Harris and David Guetta sharing the bill with the likes of Sam Smith and Kylie Minogue. Click here to check out GT's top ten picks.

But with another 29 days still to go, deadmau5 has set the bar very, very high for the rest to follow.

You can watch back any of the performances through the month through iTunes or with Apple TV. Click here for more info.

Words Ryan Butcher, @ryanjohnbutcher
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