Florence + The Machine Captivates Audience
By Fanny Lau
On Sunday, October 25 (2015), Florence + The Machine took to the stage at Rogers Arena. In case you missed it, here’s our recap of the dazzling night.
From the moment Florence Welch made her barefoot entrance onto the stage, she had the Florence and the Machine crowd wrapped around her finger.
The crowd obliged willingly to Welch’s requests throughout the evening, whether it was acting as her backing choir during “Shake It Off” or putting their phones away for “Third Eye.” The interactions between Welch and the audience made up the magical moments of the night, almost in a game of give and take. Welch reciprocated the warm welcome by running through the crowd on a few occasions, making her way to a makeshift stage on the other side of the arena by the sound system.
Welch was full of relentless energy the entire evening and truly owned the stage with both her voice and stage presence. Backed by a ten-piece outfit, which included a harp and a horn section, Florence and the Machine showcased tracks from their third studio release, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, in the way that they were meant to be heard – bold and bodied. Welch’s vocals were more hauntingly beautiful in the flesh. With Vancouver being the only Canadian tour date on the band’s North American tour, Welch mentioned that it was the live Canadian debut of “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” and also reflected on her earlier shows and the upgrades in production and wardrobe before diving into “Cosmic Love” off their first record, Lungs.
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New York City’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (GOASTT) opened the evening by taking the crowd on a musical journey, back to the late ‘60s, with their psychedelic sound. Front man Sean Lennon acknowledged that the show at Rogers Arena was the biggest crowd that the band has played in front of and seemed to feed off of that energy. The layered soundscape in their music paired nicely with Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s vocals, and offered a mellow atmosphere ahead of Florence and the Machine’s set.
What The Water Gave Me
Ship To Wreck
Shake It Out
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
You’ve Got The Love
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Queen of Peace
Spectrum (Say My Name)
Dog Days Are Over
What Kind Of Man
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