The R&B artist focused most of the set on 'Beauty Behind The Madness' material and opened with album track 'Prisoner'. Lana Del Rey, a guest within the track, was absent in the Roundhouse venue, leaving Abel Tesfaye to sing lines including "I'm endlaved by a life that's so empty" solo.
Backed using a three piece band situated on the raised platform above him, Tesfaye asked the rapt audience whenever they were "ready to obtain some fun" and ran over the bouncy and energetic 'Losers'. He then slowed things down again while using Kanye West-produced 'Tell Your Friends'.
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Later inside the set, Tesfaye thanked his "day one fans" who he was quoted saying helped him sell London's much bigger O2 Arena venue in 2013 when he'd only released three free mixtapes. The middle of the hour-long performance was presented with over to covers and songs Tesfaye has featured on, together with his take on Beyoncé's 'Drunk In Love' a highlight.
"Lets within the tempo," Tesfaye said because he introduced hit single 'Can't Feel My Face'. An anomaly within a set consisting 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 because of the rise in pace, Tesfaye later insisted everyone seated inside the upper section of the venue got on his or her feet as they 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 in the future.