17:49 Wednesday 19 December 2012

Hangover no barrier to exceptional performance from Florence

Written byKATIE BOWLER

Florence And The Machine - Coventry Ricoh Arena

CONSIDERING Florence was performing while hungover, she absolutely sang the roof off the Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Florence And The Machine in Coventry
Florence And The Machine in Coventry

She sang her heart out to a crowd of 12,000 fans who crammed into the newly-expanded hall to see her in the flesh, last weekend.

And wow, Florence and her spectacular Machine, really knew how to get the crowd going.

Her vocals were something else.

Every time the chart topper opened her mouth and projected her sensational voice it literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. She sounds incredible on her two albums but her voice is simply out of this world when she performs live.

I couldn’t take my eyes of her when watching the theatrical and rather enigmatic performance. She kind of captivates the audience and grips everyone’s attention with her unique style and sounds.

The whole performance was full of energy and power and the music, stage designs and lighting were flawless.

Florence and The Machine performed one of my all-time favourite tunes You’ve Got The Love, which was without a doubt my absolute highlight of the night.

It was so good and the lyrics were so powerful and emotional it even brought a tear to my eye.

Other hits they performed included Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up), Leave My Body, Heartlines, Cosmic Love and Only If For A Night, to name a few.

During the concert Florence told her fans: “I’ve had a hangover for the last two days but you’ve made me feel better. This is the ultimate hangover cure. Thank you Coventry.”

We were quite surprised when she said that as I would never have thought she was performing like that with a nasty hangover. She was literally springing and jumping around the stage like a rock star.

Florence and the Machine finished their main set with fan favourites Shake It Off and No Light, No Light.

They returned to encore with a stripped back version of Sweet Nothing, the Calvin Harris song for which Florence supplied the vocals.

This was followed by a winning performance of their number one single Spectrum (Say My Name) and The Dog Days Are Over.

To sum it up it was an outstanding concert , much better than I expected. I would love to see Florence and The Machine live again as they were absolutely exceptional.

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