Acts lined up for iTunes fest

James Blunt, N.E.R.D. will play London concerts

LONDON -- The iTunes Festival: London returns this year, with the likes of James Blunt, Feeder, N.E.R.D., Pendulum and Chaka Khan confirmed to perform through July.

The 1,000-capacity Koko venue in Camden, north London, will host the free performances from July 1, for which tickets will be distributed by way of competitions on the iTunes Live Web site.

Sixty gigs will roll out across 31 evenings, with more acts yet to be confirmed.

The online music retailer will capture the gigs, and sell them on all its 22 iTunes stores worldwide.

Last year's inaugural event was held at the smaller, 350-capacity I.C.A. venue in central London. Oliver Schusser, director of iTunes Europe, recent said the 2007 edition "succeeded all my expectations."