The Toronto-born singer played music from his new album together with old favourites in the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, Camden.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, called nearly the gallery: “I know I did not arrive at London for seated audiences. I came in charge of a crazy crowd because I love London a great deal.”
The singer-songwriter ran about the stage after the 60-second countdown to look at the performance with songs from his new album, Beauty Behind The Madness – beginning with Prisoner, originally a duet with Lana Del Ray, and then Losers and Tell Your Friends.
The 25-year-old singer released his second studio album on August 28. The album has even more of a pop sound than his previous album, 2013’s Kiss Land, or his three 2011 mix tapes called the Balloons Trilogy.
But he later performed some of his older songs, finishing using with an encore of a pair of his first hits, High For This and Wicked Games.
The Weeknd also performed his song Earned It, which has been used as being the lead single on the soundtrack on the film Fifty Shades of Grey. Two singles from his new album, Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills, reached reached top on the Billboard Hot 100.
Responding to some fan who yelled “I thank you” throughout the performance, he quipped: “I adore you too baby, where do you think you’re?” – causing nearby audience members to get started on screaming.
Following his appearance for the Apple festival – the rebrand from the iTunes Festival – The Weeknd can play a series of concerts inside the US before officially starting his North American tour, The Madness, in November. Still to play with the Festival from the coming week are The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Pharrell Williams, Mumford & Sons, Florence And The Machine.