Florence + the Machine
I quite like Florence + the Machine so I was really looking forward to the gig. I didn’t have to wait too long as the band were only 20-25 minutes late coming on and boy was it worth the wait!
Florence + the Machine
Florence casually sauntered on stage suggesting a relaxing gig, but I was wrong. Wearing in a black lacy dress over knickers and vest, she kicked off her shoes quite quickly and built up more and more energy with each song. Banging on a drum at her side and jumping around on stage, the audience were soon eating out of her hand. Her interaction with the audience created a really good atmosphere in the hall, which was just the right size, not allowing the intimacy she created to be lost and not letting her powerful voice overwhelm the room.
Florence + the Machine
The stage looked fantastic! With an amazing, versatile backdrop covered in William Morris style flower pattern that looked at moments lush and other times harsh, depending on the lighting used. Keeping to a simple colour scheme of purples, reds, white and yellow lights, the whole design looked sophisticated. The backdrop was drawn away during “Cosmic Love” to show twinkling stars and then drawn back for the next song, the brand new “Strangeness and Charm”. Which wasn’t too bad really. There were bird cages all over the stage with light bulbs locked in that would periodically come on, along with the light up harp.
Florence + the Machine
The gig began with “Howl” and carried on sedately for a few songs until “Drumming”, when all the stops were pulled out and the “drumming” began in earnest. I have to say that Florence is a natural performer. She has a strong, loud voice that carries these tunes perfectly and far. Reminding me of Stevie Nicks during some songs when she draped black lace over her head, Florence has enough stage presence to cover the lull in good music that happens in any musician’s career.
Florence + the Machine
The audience went mad for “You Got the Love” and jumped to her command for “Dog Days are Over”. But “Cosmic Love” was the song that did it for me, looking and sounding fantastic. After an hour it was sadly over apart from a short encore. All in all a really good gig that shows a long career ahead for Florence + the Machine.
Florence + the Machine
New York band The Drums have been supporting Florence and The Machine throughout her May 2010 Cosmic Love Tour. Click here to read and see photos from The Drums performance.

Words by Christina Darragh
Photography by Bianca Barrett

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