Fabulous Florence has the Hydro in raptures
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