Lady Gaga will spend the Sunday of her Labor Day weekend headlining the first night of London's iTunes Festival. The free festival runs from September 1 through September 30, and features dozens and dozens of acts, from Robin Thicke to The Lumineers to Elton John . And Gaga's taking the opportunity to give fans an advance look at a huge chunk of her new music.
Gaga, who promised fans "1 HOUR OF NEW MUSIC" on Twitter, tells the U.K. radio station KISS FM that she'll be performing a whopping six songs from her upcoming disc ARTPOP . "The album has 15, so we're not giving too much away," she revealed. "And we're not doing the complete studio versions. They're sort of...specific for London."
The star has already dubbed the event "SwineFest," after one of her new songs, "Swine." She's suggested via Twitter that fans attending the performance at London's Roundhouse concert venue wear specific clothing, including "bedazzled pig noses," "[ David ] Bowie magician garb," "trashbags," "seashells" and "starfish."
All this sounds like she's got yet another over-the-top performance in store for her fans, and if you can't make it to London, you'll be able to watch it for free, thanks to live and on-demand HD video streams available via the free iTunes Festival App or the iTunes Store.
"I like to outdo myself. I'm not in a competition with anyone," she says of the show in London. "It's all about focusing on myself as a performer and my discipline. I've been in rehearsal every single day, working very hard for iTunes. That's what I love to do. I love rehearsal. Rehearsal is my sanctuary."
She also loves London. In fact, she gives the city, and its musical theater scene, credit for shaping her artistically. "I remember when I first came to London years ago," she told KISS FM. "I went to see Cats. I saw Starlight Express. I mean, this is where I was born. This is the kind of performer that I am."
So what secrets of ARTPOP will be revealed during Gaga's set on Sunday? According to her, one of the tracks you'll hear is the long-awaited sequel to her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Beyonce , "Telephone." That song's crazy and its violent video ended with "To be continued," and Gaga says the sequel to that is coming too, at some point.
"I'm very, very excited about it. I mean, I know how much the fans wanted it," she says. "And we've already written it so it's going to be fantastic. I can't wait."
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