The Weeknd performed inside the UK initially since about to Number One with new album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ yesterday evening (September 23), while he headlined London’s Apple Music Festival.
The R&B artist focused the vast majority of set on ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ material and opened with album track ‘Prisoner’. Lana Del Rey, a guest about the track, was absent on the Roundhouse venue, leaving Abel Tesfaye to sing lines like “I’m dependent on a life that’s so empty” solo. Check The hills sheet music.
Backed with a three piece band situated over a raised platform above him, Tesfaye asked the rapt audience whenever they were “ready to possess some fun” after which ran from the bouncy and energetic ‘Losers’. He then slowed things down again while using Kanye West-produced ‘Tell Your Friends’.
Later inside set, Tesfaye thanked his “day one fans” who he stated helped him go London’s much wider O2 Arena venue in 2013 when he previously only released three free mixtapes. The middle of the hour-long performance was presented over to covers and songs Tesfaye has featured on, along with his take on Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’ a highlight.
“Lets inside the tempo,” Tesfaye said when he introduced hit single ‘Can’t Feel My Face‘. An anomaly inside a set composed of introspective and maudlin R&B, the song’s disco bassline and Michael Jackson-esque vocals saw Tesfaye dancing along the stage to huge applause.
Spurred on with the rise in pace, Tesfaye later insisted everyone seated from the upper portion of the venue got on the feet while he ended the set with ‘The Hills‘. Having drained his new album of hits, Tesfaye returned for the two song encore and revisited his earliest material with ‘High For This’ and ‘Wicked Games’ ending the performance.
Apple Music Festival has recently seen performances from Ellie Goulding, Take That and One Direction with headline performances from Disclosure, Pharrell Williams and Florence + The Machine still into the future.