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New Video: Florence + the Machine – Free

Florence + the Machine unveiled a new single, “Free,” yesterday with a video starring acclaimed actor Bill Nighy as Florence’s anxiety and directed by Autumn de Wilde. The track is the latest from Florence’s forthcoming fifth LP Dance Fever, out May 13.


Florence has shared three songs from Dance Fever thus far—“My Love” (plus remixes from co-producer Dave Bayley of Glass Animals and Meduza), “King” and “Heaven is Here”—all of which arrived alongside videos by the acclaimed director de Wilde featuring choreography by Ryan Heffington.

Tickets for Florence’s North American headline dates this year are on sale now. The tour kicks off September 2 in Montreal with further stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and many more. Arlo Parks, Sam Fender, King Princess, Yves Tumor, Japanese Breakfast and Wet Leg will join as support on select dates. One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit Choose Love to aid refugees worldwide. See full routing below and visit florenceandthemachine.net for more information.

Additionally, Florence will play two very special, intimate shows this spring: April 29 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theatre and May 6 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York—both shows sold out in seconds.

Dance Fever was recorded in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. It conjures up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown—clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness—and the hope of reunions to come.

The image and concept of choreomania—a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death—became a focal point of inspiration. Forced off the road for the first time in more than a decade, dance offered Florence propulsion, energy and a way of looking at music more choreographically.

Starting, as ever, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived to New York in March 2020 to begin recording when Covid-19 forced a retreat to London. Holed up at home, the songs she had begun started to transform, ultimately arriving somewhere that Florence describes as “Nick Cave at the club.”

Dance Fever is an album that sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculinity and femininity, redemption and celebration.

Dance Fever was produced by Florence, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals.

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Brand New: Florence + The Machine – “Sky Full Of Song”

Florence + the Machine unveil a brand new track, “Sky Full Of Song today. Listen and watch the A.G. Rojas-directed video below. In partnership with Record Store Day, a limited edition, double A-side 7” vinyl will follow on April 21.

“This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed,” says Florence Welch. “Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.”

The Record Store Day release of “Sky Full Of Song” will be backed by a recording of “New York poem (for Polly),” taken from Welch’s forthcoming book Useless Magic: a collection of lyrics, artwork and poetry offering a unique, personal insight into her creative process. Useless Magic is out July 5 via Crown Publishing/Penguin.

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How Big How Blue How Beautiful #1 on US Billboard Top 200

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Seven years to the day from the release of their debut single, Florence + the Machine make their first ever #1 debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 with How Big How Blue How Beautiful, selling 137,044 albums in its first week. With three albums in seven years to their name, the band continues to reach new heights—How Big How Blue How Beautiful is currently #1 in the U.K., the band’s third #1 album in the country, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland and Canada after reaching the top spot on iTunes charts in 24 countries worldwide last week.

The band will play select U.S. headline dates this fall, with stops including two nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, a further two nights at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre and an appearance at Seattle’s Key Arena. American Express Card Members and fans who buy the album on the official store can purchase tickets before the general public through Thursday, June 11 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. local time Friday, June 12*.

The dates will follow the band’s worldwide summer tour, headlining many festivals including Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Austin City Limits, Bestival, Splendour in the Grass, Southside and Hurricane and making appearances at Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Roskilde and many more with their own headline dates including D.C.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The band performed on “Good Morning America” this June 5 and stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” this week to perform “Ship to Wreck,” watch it here. Further, watch the bands recent performances on “Saturday Night Live” here and here.

How Big How Blue How Beautiful is out now, reaching #1 on iTunes in 18 countries worldwide including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and more.

The new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful is a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + the Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better. Download the album HERE.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE LIVE
October 11                  Austin, TX                   Austin City Limits
October 13                  Phoenix, AZ                Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 14                  San Diego, CA            Viejas Arena
October 16-17             Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Bowl
October 20                  Santa Barbara, CA     Santa Barbara Bowl
October 21-22             Berkeley, CA              Greek Theatre
October 24                  Portland, OR               Portland Memorial Coliseum
October 25                  Vancouver, BC            Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
October 27                  Seattle, WA                 Key Arena

HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL
1.    Ship To Wreck
2.    What Kind Of Man
3.    How Big How Blue How Beautiful
4.    Queen Of Peace
5.    Various Storms & Saints
6.    Delilah
7.    Long & Lost
8.    Caught
9.    Third Eye
10.  St Jude
11.  Mother

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Video: Florence + The Machine – “Ship To Wreck”

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On the track Florence explains:

“I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most”.

The video for “Ship to Wreck”  is uniquely set and filmed in Florence’s very own home (watch it below).

The new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful is a collection of songs, written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, the third album by Florence + The Machine is live-sounding, tune-rich, unhinged in all the right places and powerful in all the best ways. In voice and, ultimately, outlook Florence has never sounded better.

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How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ Tracklist:

  1. Ship To Wreck
  2. What Kind Of Man
  3. How Big How Blue How Beautiful
  4. Queen Of Peace
  5. Various Storms & Saints
  6. Delilah
  7. Long & Lost
  8. Caught
  9. Third Eye
  10. St Jude
  11. Mother

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