Florence + The Machine to release fourth album in 2018?

Everything we know so far about Florence Welch's new album

Florence + The Machine‘s fourth record has been eagerly awaited since the release of Florence Welch and her band’s acclaimed third album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ in 2015. There’s been a new record every two or three years – ‘Lungs’ was released in 2009, followed by ‘Ceremonials’ in 2011 – so can we expect another in 2018? Here’s everything we know so far.

Will Florence + The Machine’s new album be released in 2018?

There’s been speculation that a new record could be coming this year. The website for Poland’s Orange Warsaw Festival, which Florence + The Machine play on June 2, recently speculated that album number four will be released in 2018, adding that fans could even hear it before the summer comes.

Will there be a tour?

Last year, Welch teased her return by announcing festival appearances for 2018. As well as Orange Warsaw Festival, she will take her band to Germany’s Melt! Festival in July.

What has been said about the new album?

Speaking to The Telegraph about her upcoming fourth album last year, Welch said that she’d be exploring the “black hole” she fell into with alcohol and upheaval after splitting with boyfriend James Nesbitt in 2014.

“I’m happier now, I’m content, but I’m never going to be fixed, ever,” she said. “I don’t think that’s how it works. A lot of things almost worked for me: partying almost worked, being famous and successful almost worked, the relationship almost worked… but it won’t sustain you. These are transient things. It’s working out how to be OK regardless.”

What has happened since the last record?

After the release of ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ in 2015, Florence + The Machine stepped in to headline Glastonbury in place of Foo Fighters. Welch had previously broken her foot while performing at Coachella that year.

Since then, Florence has announced her debut book releaseUseless Magic will also give fans an insight into Florence’s creative process by featuring some of the subjects and areas which have inspired her writing. It’s out on July 5.

Last year, she worked with Banks and Steelz (aka RZA and Interpol’s Paul Banks) on their collaborative album. Speaking to NME, the pair said that Florence “killed it”.

Welch has also clashed with Tories, saying that the Conservatives did not have permission to use her cover of Candi Staton‘s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ at the Conservative Party conference in October 2017.