Florence And The Machine get the Hollywood Bowl 'snogging'

British star plays first of two dates at iconic LA venue

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Florence And The Machine

Florence And The Machine headlined the Hollywood Bowl last night (October 7) in Los Angeles, as frontwoman Florence Welch encouraged the 18,000 capacity crowd to start 'snogging' each other.

Before playing 'Spectrum', the London-based singer said to the audience: "Now, we are from England, and us Brits aren't usually known for our displays of public affection. We're normally quite reserved." She then asked everybody to turn to their neighbours in the crowd and "make out, which in England, we call snogging." She added: "You don't have to be shy, LA."

Taking to the stage at 8.45pm (PT) after support slots from The Maccabees and The Weeknd, Welch opened up her 15-song set at the iconic venue with 'Only If For A Night' from her second album 'Ceremonials', which was released last year.

In front of an Art Deco themed backdrop, and sporting a black gown with a sheer skirt with hip-length slits, and a see-through bodice section, Welch went on to play 'Cosmic Love' from her debut album 'Lungs', during which she gestured to the crowd in the mostly seated venue to stand up. Before her next song, 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)', she said: "I know one thing about the Bowl is that it is seating, but for this song I need you to stand up... I think we can subvert the venue... We want to see people on shoulders. We want you to raise them up."

Energetically dashing barefoot across the stage, she thanked the crowd for their warm reception, saying "LA, you're amazing" before later exclaiming in wonder about the size of the venue and the glowing crucifix on nearby land which can be seen from the stalls: "This place is enormous. I went up to the top and you can see the sign and you can
see a big fucking cross." She then went on to get the crowd to sing 'Happy Birthday' to guitar player Robert Ackroyd, who earlier this year reportedly had a fling with Katy Perry.

In August, Welch revealed that she has begun thinking about her next record, claiming she has "written a whole album in my head". She hinted that she would be taking a year off from music as she wanted to take a hiatus before she started work on 'Ceremonials', but later admitted that she hadn't stopped plotting ideas for the next time she enters the studio.

Florence And The Machine play the Hollywood Bowl again tonight (October 8).

Florence And The Machine played:

'Only If For A Night'
'What The Water Gave Me'
'Drumming Song'
'Cosmic Love'
'All This And Heaven Too'
'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)',
'Spectrum'
'Breaking Down'
''Heartlines'
'Leave My Body'
'Breath Of Life'
'Shake It Out'
'No Light, No Light'
'Lover To Lover'
'Dog Days Are Over'


Read More On This Artist

Video: NME Video: Florence And the Machine Covershoot

Florence And The Machine Merchandise
More News
Killer Mike rails against Ferguson verdict in emotive pre-gig speech - watch
Pulled Apart By Horses share cover of Slade's 'Merry Christmas Everyone' - listen
Seasick Steve announces new album 'Sonic Soul Surfer' and UK tour
Metallica to headline Reading & Leeds 2015, Jamie T and Run The Jewels also on the bill
Kurt Cobain documentary executive produced by Frances Bean set for 2015
Paramore's Hayley Williams duets with former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams - watch
Retailers and independent labels call for weekly worldwide album release day to be Monday
The Libertines decline to comment on Glastonbury rumours
Hop Farm promoter Vince Power wins High Court case against PRS following live music ban
Prince deletes his social media accounts and removes videos from YouTube
Justin Bieber named highest-earning entertainer under 30 by Forbes
Caribou and Patti Smith added to Field Day 2015 line-up
O2 Priority tickets for System Of A Down, Of Mice And Men and more available tomorrow
Iggy Pop: 'I twerk around the house with my wife'
All We Are preview debut album material at Jack Rocks The Macbeth
Guitar signed by Noel Gallagher to be auctioned at London's Independent Label Market
The Courteeners announce Heaton Park show for June 2015
Music world reacts to Ferguson grand jury verdict and subsequent violence
Jack White covers Dean Fertita's 'Parallel' – listen
Will Butler of Arcade Fire debuts first solo track 'Take My Side' – listen
Eminem reveals 'Rocky' style video for new song 'Guts Over Fear' – watch
Wet Nuns announce the death of drummer Alexis Gotts

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM