“Sing with us, rage with us,” says Florence Welch sweetly, around halfway into her set at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday 17 November.
“If you’re here you probably believe and support women,” she adds later, and of course we are. Her audience responds to every swoon and twirl with enthusiasm and delight, especially when she runs through the crowd during her final songs. She looks like a living goddess meeting her devoted worshippers as they reach out to touch her. Two giant screens close in on the moment, and there’s magic in the air. During the show Florence comments on the feminine energy in the room and she’s right, it’s almost religious.
What is there to say about a Florence + The Machine performance that hasn’t been said before? It was enchanting, epic, energetic… Florence danced across the stage barefoot like a fairytale nymph, singing her heart out as the audience swayed in wonder. It was captivating. Each graceful movement was mirrored by swirling crescendos and every now and then great pillars of fabric would rise and fall as the songs came one after the other; an ode to Patti Smith with ‘Patricia’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’, ‘Only For A Night’, ‘Hunger’.
Her latest album ‘High As Hope’ is a slightly more personal, but nevertheless grandiose offering and new tunes are seamlessly interwoven into a fantastic show. There’s nothing to criticise here, what we’re seeing is a master at work. I’d highly recommend seeing her live if you haven’t already.
Words: Ana Hine
Drawing: Ana Hine