Fab­u­lous Florence has the Hy­dro in rap­tures

Rutherglen Reformer - - Music - Florence and the Ma­chine

@The Hy­dro

Mark Pirie Scot­land got its own slice of Glastonbury as Florence and the Ma­chine took to the stage at the Hy­dro.

Af­ter tak­ing over from Foo Fight­ers to head­line the leg­endary mu­sic fes­ti­val, the spotlight is on lead singer Florence Welch and her back­ing band more than ever, and as her ma­chine got into gear at the Hy­dro in Glas­gow the crowd’s ex­pec­ta­tions were un­der­stand­ably high.

Sup­port band The Staves opened the show with their folk sounds en­tranc­ing the packed venue, and big things ex­pected from the English three-piece.

Then as Florence came on the stage, it was a very low-key af­fair to be­gin with, as she ar­rived shak­ing hands with the front row – ap­pear­ing from the side of the stage, al­most un­no­ticed by fans fur­ther back or not in the higher seats.

Af­ter the pleas­antries, she opened with folk-styled power bal­lad What the Wa­ter Gave Me.

The crowd put their hands up in ex­cite­ment, but it seemed like a slow start for one of Bri­tain’s big­gest acts.

Then quickly the gig seemed to burst into life as Florence broke into Ship to Wreck, run­ning around the stage bare­foot as she screamed down the mi­cro­phone.

The crowd matched her energy, and the night had truly kicked off.

De­spite hav­ing a pow­er­ful singing voice, a much lighter, sin­cere tone came across as she spoke to the crowd. She ad­dressed the crowd, telling them: “I’d like to have brought a choir but I don’t think there is enough room on this stage” be­fore ask­ing them to join in as one on the track Shake it Out.

The crowd em­braced it and hit all the high notes along with the singer.

You’ve Got The Love was by far the big­gest song of the night, as the crowd made heart-shapes with their hands along with Florence, and nearly ev­ery­one packed into the Hy­dro stood on their feet.

As she broke into mega-hit Dog Days Are Over the front woman en­cour­aged the crowd to take off their clothes and throw them in the air.

Although most did not oblige, likely due to the ice cold Scot­tish night that was out­side, Florence took off her top and started do­ing laps of the stage as if she was head­lin­ing Glastonbury.

With Florence it’s re­fresh­ing to see an act that will give the same amount of ef­fort whether she plays in Glas­gow or at a ma­jor fes­ti­val, and as she closed the night with hit track Drum­ming Song it was clear the Florence live ex­pe­ri­ence is one which many will never for­get.

She en­cour­aged crowd to take off their clothes and throw them

Power and pas­sion

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