Jack Peñate plays intimate iTunes festival gig

The NME cover star plays small, sweary show in London

Jack Peñate played an intimate gig in London last night (July 27), at the Institute of Contemporary Arts venue, as part of the iTunes festival.

The festival sees a gig a night happening at the venue throughout July.

Peñate began the show with crowd favourite ‘Spit At Stars’, spitting into the air twice for effect.


After performing ‘Got my Favourite’, Peñate risked the wrath of iTunes, who were recording the gig for later release.

“Being the tame artist I am, I don’t have an explicit sticker on my album,” he said. “But I’m going to swear, so iTunes have to put an explicit warning on this recording, and I can be Dr Dre for the day. Fuck bastard cunt.”

During ‘Made Of Codes’ Peñate slung his guitar behind him and performed his famed side-step dance routine, but slipped over half way through. “That’s the first time I’ve fallen on stage!” joked the singer.

He went on to sing the praises of his support act, Jamie Woon. “My voice is like a cornflake compared to his, which is like smooth chocolate,” he said.

As well as crowd favourites ‘Spit At Stars’ and recent single ‘Torn On The Danceloor’, Peñate performed a cover of ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ by Beats International, and the opening verse of Sam Cooke’s ‘Wonderful World’.

The full set-list was:


‘Spit At Stars’

‘Got My Favourite’

‘Learning Lines’

‘Made Of Codes’

‘Cold Thin Line’

‘Have I Been A Fool’

‘Dub Be Good To Me’

‘We’ll Be Here’

‘Second, Minute Or Hour’


‘Down Below’

‘Wonderful world’

‘Torn On The Platform’

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