Florence and the Machine on the Road
Florence and the Machine announced they will hit the road this year with a 23-locations tour in North America. The tour will begin on 5th of August in Montreal and will wrap up on 20th of October in Minneapolis, with stops in locations like Los Angeles, Nashville, Seattle, Chicago, New York and more. The band will have during the tour appearances at various festivals, such as “Skookum”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Outside Lands” and “Grandoozy”. The band will tour first in Europe, before reaching American ground.
See the full list of North American dates and venues of the tour at the end of this article.
Florence and the Machine’s live performances will include supporting acts from Billie Eilish, St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, Kamasi Washington, Beth Ditto, Lizo, Grizzly Bear and Wet.
Tickets have been released for general sale on 1st of June.
The tour is performed in support for the band’s latest album – “High Hopes” that will be out on 29th of June.
Florence and the Machine’s last LP was “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” released in 2015. Since then, the band has brought the fans “From Final Fantasy XV”, an EP with three tracks and “Wish That You Were Here”, a song featured in a movie by Tim Burton. Florence and the Machine featured also songs by Lady Gaga, Banks & Steelz and Rufus Wainwright and in 2016 released to public the short film “The Odyssey”.
Information about “”High Hopes” was first released by Nathan Willet, the frontman of “Cold War Kids”. Shortly after, Florence Welch confirmed the news in an interview from May 2017.
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“High Hopes” album was composed entirely by band’s frontwoman Florence Welch, who served for the first time as co-producer (with Emile Haynie) for one of the band’s albums. Florence and the Machine has offered the fans couple of previews from their new material, when they played live with “Rolling Stones” and appeared on “Jimmy Fallon” and “The Voice”.
From the 10 tracks album, the band already released the singles “Hunger” and “Sky full of song”. “Hunger” brings to fans a Florence Welch which meditates on the fragile connection that exists between romance, beauty and mortality. The video, directed by A.G. Rojas, shows groups of people looking at a statue and Welch dancing.
In the single “Sky full of song”, Florence Welch displays her majestic voice, singing almost a capella, accompanied by piano and strings. The video for this song is also directed by A.G. Rojas and shows Welch gazing at the skies or sitting on her knees in a position similar to praying.
You can see Florence and the Machine perform live these songs, as well as the other tracks of the album “High Hopes” by getting your ticket from multiple ticket sites.
Born on 28th of August 1986 as Florence Mary Leontine Welch, the lead singer of Florence and the Machine was raised in a family of academics. In 2006, while drinking in a bar from London, she approached Mairead Nash from “Queens of Noize” while she was in the bathroom and sang to her “Something’s got a hold on me” from Etta James. A week later, Welch was invited by “Queens of Noize” to open the night at their club. In 2006, the band’s line-up consisted in Florence and her friend Isabella “Machine” Summers, joined by a drum kit. After debut, they started collaborating with other musicians, like the harpist James Bradshaw.
Florence and the Machine’s debut album called “Lungs” was released in UK in July 2009 and reached “Number Two” in the country’s charts. The same year, the band received “Critics’ Choice” accolade at “Brit Awards”. “Lungs” was one of the best selling albums of 2009 and 2010.
At the beginning of 2010, while writing for a new album, Florence Welch was invited to L.A. to work with American writers and producers of pop music. Welch refused the chance (although was tempted by it at first) believing that abandoning her project with the band was not the right thing to do.
In October 2011, the second album of the band, called “Ceremonials” was released, containing songs written by James Ford, Paul Epworth, Eg White, Kid Harpoon and Isabella Summers.
The song “What the Water Gave Me” had its video released on iTunes and on VEVO channel of the band, available on Youtube, and it registered 1.5 million views in a 2 days’ time frame. The album sold in more than 1 million copies. Around that time, Florence Welch started to work also on individual projects, by collaborating with Drake and Calvin Harris.
In July 2012, Florence and the Machine had to cancel two of their performances at European festivals because Welch suffered a voice injury. By 2015, the year of the third album’s release, called “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” she was back to top shape. Yet, another accident happened to Welch in 2015, when she broke her foot while performing at a musical festival in April. Despite that, she appeared as the guest of “Saturday Night Live” and earned a nomination to “Grammy Awards” with “What Kind of Man” for best rock song category.
Several songs of the band have been included in films and TV series soundtracks, such as “So you think you can dance” and “Grey’s anatomy”.
If you want to catch one of Florence and the Machine’s amazing live performances, get your tickets from StubHub or SeatGeek.
Here is the full list of dates and venues for the band’s tour in North America:
August 05 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC
August 09 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Lake Tahoe, NV (with Wet)
August 11 – Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco, CA
September 8 – Skookum Festival, Vancouver, BC
September 10 – KeyArena, Seattle, WA (with St. Vincent & Lizzo)
September 11 – Moda Center, Portland, OR (with St. Vincent & Lizzo)
September 14 – Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT (with St. Vincent & Lizzo)
September 15 – Grandoozy Festival, Denver, CO
September 22 – Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas, NV
September 23 – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (with Grizzly Bear)
September 25 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (with Grizzly Bear)
September 29 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Dallas, TX (with Grizzly Bear)
September 30 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX (with Grizzly Bear)
October 02 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN (with Billie Eilish)
October 03 – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC (with Billie Eilish)
October 05 – The Anthem, Washington, DC (with Beth Ditto)
October 09 – Barclays Center, New York, NY
October 12 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
October 13 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
October 14 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA (with Kamasi Washington)
October 16 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON (with Kamasi Washington)
October 19 – United Center, Chicago, IL (with Perfume Genius)
October 20 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN (with Perfume Genius)