Florence Smashes Alexandra

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On Monday night I was lucky enough to go see Florence & the Machine in their opening show at Alexandra Palace in London.

The first of five shows to be held there, it was full of high energy and good vibes.

This is the first time I have seen them play and it was definitely worth the wait!

She opened with ‘What The Water Gave Me’ bringing the venue to life with a sparkling backdrop of metallic squares that changed colours as the show continued.

‘Ship To Wreck’ saw her run around the stage.. she has that unique talent of being able to jump, run and dance while singing. She really does have one of the most impressive voices and when you hear it live it slaps you in the face making you wonder if you’re dreaming or actually standing in the crowd.

Her rendition of ‘Rabbit Heart’ literally left goosebumps on my skin, not one to be shy she did all but jump into the crowd at the end, touching audience members faces and hands.

Throughout the show she told some stories about recording the songs in London, her home town of sorts (it’s where she played her first gigs). Before launching into ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ she told us she would ride her bike through the rain, in an anorak from Kennington to Elephant & Castle to record this latest album.
Her song ‘Cosmic Love’ came about when she went to her friend’s studio in Crystal Palace when she had one of the worst hangovers and was told to write a song.

You could see she was genuinely happy to be ‘home’ and a little overwhelmed that all five shows have sold out at this iconic venue.

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The highlight was her (arguably) most famous song ‘Dog Days Are Over’ at the end of the set. The entire crowd literally jumping, Florence encouraging the crowd to take off an item of clothing and swing it above their heads.

‘What Kind of Man’ reignited the crowd for the encore, with Florence again reaching into the crowd, but this time a lucky lad got a kiss on the lips!

She has such a lovely disposition and such a meek and mild voice compared to her pipes, you start to wonder if this is the same person!? I’ve seen a lot of bands in my time, but she really impressed me with her crowd interaction. It was someone down the front’s birthday and she promptly said, ‘happy birthday! You have to jump the highest to this one then!’

Essentially, she left me wanting more a lot more… I would really like to be friends with Florence Welch.. and her band…

The Set List;

What The Water Gave Me
Ship To Wreck
Shake It Out
Rabbit Heart
Third Eye
Delilah
You’ve Got The Love
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Cosmic Love
Long & Lost
Mother
Queen of Peace
Spectrum
Dog Days Are Over
Encore
What Kind of Man
Drumming Song

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