Last night, I went up to Alexandra Palace to see the incredible Florence + the Machine with my sister, Lushy, and Rachel. Her first UK full performance since May 2010’s Cosmic Love tour, Florence was absolutely amazing live, sounding even better than she does on her albums, and she performed a great set, with a mixture of songs from “Ceremonials” and from “Lungs”. The Peoples Palace is a beautiful venue, and Florence’s art deco staging looked perfect.
Though not quite climbing up the rigging, Florence whirled about on stage in a huge black cloak, and later in a fetching embellished velvet catsuit, getting the audience dancing, getting girls up on their boyfriends shoulders (though I did see one guy look at his girlfriend, give her a stern shake of the head, and then turn back to the stage – ha!), and getting everyone bouncing along to Dog Days are Over. She performed an amazing version of You Got The Love, and, after introducing her family, she sang an acoustic-y version of Heartlines dedicated to them, calling it a song to remind you of home and loved ones, but “I added some animal entrails, as I do”. When speaking to the audience, Florence was so thankful, and at soem points she looked genuinely overwhelmed at the people singing along as she stood magnificent on the stage.
All in all, Florence’s performace was truly amazing, and she really is so, so talented. And, if you didn’t manage to get tickets for her tour, you can still hear it!! BBC Radio 6 are broadcasting the entirety of Florence’s third and final Ally Pally show, on Saturday night (the 10th), and the site states that “the programme starts at 9pm and includes Flo’s full set plus her 6 Music playlist which was originally aired in February.” You can listen here, and I strongly suggest that you do!!