Florence And The Machine tour – pictures and review

Posted on 19 March 2012
By Danny Payne
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Embarking on her first Arena tour, Florence has progressed significantly since she last toured two years ago.

Previously appearing nervous and overwhelmed, Miss Welsh has grown into the illusions of grandieur pressed upon her during the past few years, with the intimate feel of previous shows are now very much just a memory.

The ornate, Art Deco inspired backdrops would not have looked out of place in the West End, but when the heroine appears we see tonight’s show is as much theatrical as it is musical – dressed in a dark cape with arms outstretched, you’d be forgiven for mistaking her for a Disney villain.

Florence’s performance was consistently strong throughout, nothing ground-breaking but plenty to keep the capacity crowd of the MCR Arena mesmerised for more than an hour.

Her delivery was a lot stronger than previous years – now brimming with confidence, she was far more animated, and more focused on putting on a show rather than just singing a handful of songs.

As expected, all the big hits got the strongest reaction from the adoring masses, with ‘Dog Days Are Over’ commanding a response you’d expect at an event of a much heavier nature.

The material from Flo’s impressive second studio offering was equally well received, and almost as familiar to the dedicated sing-a-long few.

Possibly the only downside from the show was a slight technical hitch during the much-loved cover of Candi Staton’s ‘You Got The Love’ in the encore, but this was only just noticeable.

Pictures by Danny Payne