On stage Florence Welch is a force of nature, dancing and swirling and throwing herself heart first into the music. But what happens backstage before and after these explosions? Florence tells us about a tour life filled with tattoos, clogs and mud.
In the beginning of the summer, Florence + The Machine released the breathtaking album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and are right now turning festivals upside down with it. We are absolutely in love with the latest suggestive single “Queen of Peace”.
– It such a triumph peace of music, but I wasn’t in a very triumph place when we wrote it. It’s about battles in ourselves, when it feels like love is just a war that you can’t win. Everytime you make peace you’re giving away a part of yourself.
It’s fascinating how a bizarre situation like performing in front of thousands of people can seem so natural to some artists. Florence Welch was born to conquer a stage.
– I feel free when I’m up there. Like I’m connected to something I don’t know what it its. I’m just in the right place. On a day to day basis I feel a bit scattered, when I’m on stage every piece comes together.
What do you always bring on tour?
– Tour guys with tattoos, haha! That would be the band. I pack lots of clothes, more than necessary. Clothes with colourful patterns and clogs. I love clogs and it’s worrying, because they’re heavy. Gucci are doing some really cool ones covered in fur. I got a lot of fuzzy clothes, my mum is really confused by them.
What’s the last thing you do before you go on stage?
– Huddle together with my band. We still haven’t figured out quite what to say to each other when we do it, so we sing a Beatles song or something. Get together and yell stuff. Also, I listen to other people’s music. Whatever I’m obsessed with right now, like Django Django. That always makes me want to perform.
What is the first thing that happens when you get off stage?
– Someone puts a cape on me. I usually have lost my top or gotten my feet covered in mud. Sometimes I even get carried off stage.
Tell us about your very first festival!
– My dad took me to Womad World Music Festival. I wanted a jester’s hat, otherwise you hadn’t been to a real festival in my opinion. To have a joke hat was the most important thing for me. Maybe it still is, haha!
Listen to How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful here: