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Florence and The Machine is the name for Florence Welch and her cast of backing musicians. The band has received a great deal of critical acclaim since their inception and were chosen in 2008 as one of the BBC's 'Sound of 2009' shortlist - an honour previously bestowed on the likes of Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele. The 2009 contest was won by Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh.

Florence Welch: Florence Welch lives in Camberwell, in South London. She grew up listening to her parents' record collection, which included bands such as The Velvet Underground, Love and The Smiths. At school, her teachers often had to reprimand her for singing in class - something she struggled to stop doing.

Florence has stated in the past that her songs are "stories with consequences and weird morality issues."

The Band: The line-up of Florence's band changes regularly. In the past, it has included Devonte Hynes, better known as 'Dev', from Lightspeed Champion and formerly a member of the Test-Icicles.

The most recent line-up of the band includes Robert Ackroyd on guitar, Tom Monger on harp, Isabella Summers on keyboards and Christopher Lloyd Hayden on drums.

Starting Out: When Florence and The Machine started out, they were playing in London venues such as The Lock Tavern and for people such as Blue Flowers and Filthy Few. On some occasions, her band members would fail to turn up to the gigs, so she would do them acapella.

In June 2008, Florence and The Machine released 'Kiss With A Fist' on 7" vinyl and as a download. Their next release was in December 2008, when they released the single 'Dog Days Are Over'. The band's third single, 'You've Got The Love' was released in January 2009.

Their debut album Lungs was released on 3rd July 2009 and has sold three million copies worldwide. They also won the MasterCard British Album award at the Brits in 2010 and were also shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize. 

On 28th October 2011 the band released their second studio album Ceremonials which was recorded in Abbey Road Studios. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums chart making it their second consecutive number one in the UK charts. It also made it to number six on the US Billboard 200 making it the band's first top ten album in the US. The lead single for the album was Shake It Out and has been the bands most successful single to date.

Florence and the Machine released their third studio album 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' on the 29th May 2015. The album offers a different feel to their previous two albums as it is more stripped - down instrumentally and deals lyrically with personal conflicts and struggles. The album debuted at number one in the UK album Chart once again making it their third consecutive number - one album. The band released four singles: What Kind of Man, Ship to Wreck, Queen of Peace and Delilah. To support this album the band have also released a series of Vincent Haycock - directed music videos which each have a different chapter and together make up a story named The Odyssey. 

Critical Acclaim: Both the BBC and NME were quick to pick up on Florence and The Machine's potential. The band was chosen to perform in the NME Awards Tour 2009, alongside Friendly Fires, White Lies and Glasvegas. The tour passes through a number of large university venues and 'Academy' venues.

In February 2009, Florence and The Machine received the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards. This particular award is chosen by a panel of experts and music industry insiders. Adele won the award the previous year and went on to sell over 1 million copies of her album.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Florence Welch and the rest of Florence and the Machine performing at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. A number of other standout acts performed on the day including Kendrick Lamar, Cat Power, Blood Orange and Kamasi Washington. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 2nd July 2016

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Florence + The Machine, The Machine and Florence Welch
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Florence + The Machine, The Machine and Florence Welch

Florence Welch and the rest of Florence and the Machine performing at British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park. A number of other standout acts performed on the day including Kendrick Lamar, Cat Power, Blood Orange and Kamasi Washington. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 2nd July 2016

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Mercury Music Prize 2015 Nominations - Who's On The List?


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The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.

The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.

Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.

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Noel Gallagher Quite Liked Kanye West's Glastonbury Performance, Actually


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One of the most forthright men in the music industry gave his opinion on another in a new interview – and the result was rather surprising. Despite not being a hip-hop aficionado, Noel Gallagher has given his reaction to Kanye West’s much-discussed Glastonbury headline set, describing his performance as “f***ing amazing” – for about half an hour.

The former Oasis songwriter memorably looked a bit silly back in 2008 when he dismissed Jay-Z’s booking – the first ever hip-hop headliner at Glastonbury – only for the rapper to put in a blinding performance. Now, while Kanye has proved rather more divisive, Gallagher admits that he was initially impressed, though he eventually lost interest through not being a fan of the genre.

Noel GallagherNoel Gallagher really enjoyed Kanye West's Glastonbury performance - for a bit

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Florence + The Machine Edge Out Wolf Alice To UK No.1 Album Spot


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In a very close sales race, Florence + The Machine have pipped Wolf Alice to the summit of the UK Albums Chart this weekend. Following a last-minute sales boost courtesy of her Glastonbury headline set, Florence won out over the indie newcomers by just 528 copies.

According the Official Charts Company, Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful had been at Number 4 when the midweek chart was announced before the festival began, but the power of her performance, which was broadcast on the BBC, saw a surge in sales to reclaim the top spot that it had achieved when it was released originally at the start of June.

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Florence + The Machine Confirmed As Replacing Foo Fighters In Glastonbury Headlining Slot


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Florence and the Machine has been confirmed as heading Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 26th, after Foo Fighters were force to withdraw from the festival. Dave Grohl’s band made the announcement that they’d be giving up their headlining slot yesterday, due to the frontman fracturing his leg at a concert in Sweden last Friday.

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“We’re very pleased to announce that Florence + The Machine will play the Friday night Pyramid headline slot, which Foo Fighters were forced to withdraw from yesterday,” Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said in a statement.

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Bonnaroo 2015 Is Here! Here's What The Rest Of The Weekend Has In Store


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Bonnaroo is in full swing and while we've seen some pretty impressive acts so far, the musical forecast shows things are not going to get quieter anytime soon. One of America's biggest and most diverse summer events, fans flock in their thousands to Tennessee this weekend to welcome some of the world's top entertainers.

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Friday's line-up is a particularly mixed bag; where you've got music veterans the likes of 80s new wave legends Tears For Fears and 70s R&B band Earth Wind & Fire, you also got newer names such as LA duo Mini Mansions, who recently won acclaim for their second album 'The Great Pretenders', and Brit award winning UK chart toppers Royal Blood. Making some noise on the main What Stage throughout though are house producer Deadmau5, 'To Pimp a Butterfly' rapper Kendrick Lamar and roots rock collective Alabama Shakes

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Florence + The Machine Scores First U.S. Number 1 Album


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Florence Welch may be recovering from a broken foot, but she’s got even more good news to make her feel better, as the third Florence + The Machine album has entered the American charts at Number One, her first record to reach the summit in the States.

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful sold 137,000 copies in its first week on sale to debut at the top spot in the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, Florence is one of the few artists who have managed to top the American and British albums charts at the same time – the ninth act to do so in the 2010s and the first since Ed Sheeran’s X last year.

Florence WelchFlorence Welch is celebrating being Number 1 in the US and the UK at the same time

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Florence + The Machine Have Their Eyes On The US This October


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Florence + The Machine's live run this year doesn't end at their worldwide summer tour and festival appearances; they'll be carrying on with another set of dates in October taking them across the US and Canada with some stand out dates in Austin and LA.

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Following some unmissable dates at the likes of Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Benicassim and Way Out West, Florence Welch is taking her band around the states, beginning at Austin City Limits on October 11th 2015. They'll also be playing two dates at the LA Hollywood Bowl, followed by a show at the Santa Barbara Bowl and two further dates at Berkeley's Greek Theatre.

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Florence And The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Album Review


If 2011's 'Ceremonials' was the exorcism of Florence Welch, then the 28-year-old's follow up 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' is her break-up album. While that may seem a somewhat fashionable move this year - Bjork and Best Coast have mined a similar vein - Florence utilises her songwriting like therapy here to create an accurate picture of angst, regret and rejection. That may not sound like the most enticing proposition, but stripping away many of the more esoteric references and flourishes of her previous work reveals a far more vulnerable and interesting Florence. Indeed, the album should carry a warning sticker for those who have ever fallen in love with the wrong person. That's how uncomfortably accurate many of the lyrical observations are across these eleven songs 

Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful Review

It's also rare to see four singles unveiled prior to the release of a tent pole album such as this. There's obviously a confidence at the record company that the songs stand up on their own without the wider context of the album itself. Maybe that's because the gravitas of the subject matter may put people off the complete package without an air of familiarity first. However well those tracks have performed they do have more impact here as the cumulative narrative builds a complete picture of Florence's post-relationship mood. Musically, there's also a shift in these songs. There's more guitar and brass, less reliance upon keyboards and big production, giving a more organic and intimate feel that was explored previously during the MTV unplugged show. There are still soaring choruses and call and responses multi-tracked vocals of course, but the track listing and sound of this record doesn't seem interchangeable with Florence + The Machine's previous two efforts. This is certainly a bespoke set of songs that work best as a concept album of sorts.

Lead single 'What Kind Of Man' replicates the darkness of 'Ceremonials' and demonstrates the anger you might expect from a break-up album as Florence's voice drips with venom over a jagged riff. It's lines like "To let me dangle at a cruel angle, my feet don't touch the floor" which cut to the heart of the matter here. But it's not all bitter rejection; as the album moves forward the first glimmers of hope start to shine through. Lines like "I know you're bleeding, but you'll be ok" ('Various Storms & Saints') and the internal conversation that forms the central theme of 'Delilah' demonstrate that there is a continuing narrative to the record. While the latter song relies upon a slightly clichéd idea of a phone call that never comes, the frankness and truth of the sentiment ensure that it avoids a reliance on overly familiar tropes. The most defiant and uplifting moment comes with the catharsis of 'Third Eye' which lyrically and musically re-instates a sense of confidence following a number of quieter and more contemplative songs.

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Online Petition To Cancel Kanye West's Glastonbury Performance Proves Surprisingly Popular


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Love him or hate him – and it really is one or the other, it seems – Kanye West at Glastonbury story has certainly got people talking about him more than ever before. While some are hailing the decision to make him the Saturday night headliner at the legendary festival, many others were left dismayed and even angry at the booking.

One disappointed ticketholder even went as far as to create an online petition at Change.org, just a few hours after Monday’s (March 16th) announcement. Neil Lonsdale, a lucky ticketholder for the 2015 festival, has attracted over 10,000 signatures for his petition as of Tuesday evening.

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Kanye West has proven to be a divisive choice for Glastonbury headliner

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Beyonce Knowles, Florence and the Machine and Metropolitan Museum Of Art Monday 7th May 2012 Schiaparelli and Prada 'Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala 2012 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake and Metropolitan Museum Of Art
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Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake and Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Beyonce Knowles, Justin Timberlake and Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Florence Welch, Ed Sullivan and Florence and the Machine - Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine Thursday 16th December 2010 at The Late Show With David Letterman New York City, USA

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Florence Welch, Ed Sullivan and Florence And The Machine

Florence and the Machine - Florence Welch Tuesday 16th February 2010 at Brit Awards London, England

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