Florence And The Machine celebrate three-year anniversary of ‘Lungs’ at T In The Park

The Darkness, The Cribs, Snow Patrol and Tribes also delight fans at the Kinross-shire festival

Florence And The Machine celebrated the three-year anniversary of their debut album, ‘Lungs’, at T In The Park 2012 yesterday (July 6).

Three was the magic number for singer Florence Welch, as she made her third appearance at T In The Park. In a joyous mood, Welch thanked fans for appreciating her music and for their continuing support.

Opening with ‘Only If For A Night’, a jubilant Florence skipped giddily around the stage and waved her arms in the air. “For one night only,” said the singer, “I’m going to rename this song ‘What The Buckfast Gave Me’,” before launching into ‘What The Water Gave Me’ from her second album, 2011’s ‘Ceremonials’.

In honour of the anniversary, she added a track to her setlist that has been absent from recent shows. “We weren’t going to play this song,” said Florence, “but since it’s a special day…”. The band then fired up ‘Between Two Lungs’, a fan favourite from her three-year old debut album.

Florence got fans to climb on each other’s shoulders for ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’ – you can watch a video of this performance below. During ‘Shake It Out’, the singer jumped around the stage. She ended her set with ‘No Light, No Light’.

Ally Graham, a 25-year-old fan from Perth, told NME: “That was amazing, wasn’t it? I remember when ‘Lungs’ came out. I was still at University and the whole album just reminds me of good times, so it was great that she celebrated it here while I was here. It feels pretty special to me. I loved it.”

Chris Traynor, 30, from Newcastle, added: “I’m a big fan of Florence And The Machine. It’s music made for festivals like this. Nearly every song she sings has a big chorus that everyone can join in on – that’s what makes her great. I was singing ‘You’ve Got The Love’ at the top of my lungs. No pun intended by the way.”

Jess Dick, a 21-year-old from Lancaster, was just as impressed, saying: “I love how she just gets involved with the crowd. She always acts like she means everything she says. There’s just such a great vibe when she performs. I feel really euphoric and dead pleased for her. She’s amazing.”

Florence And The Machine played:

‘Only If For A Night’
‘What The Water Gave Me’
‘Between Two Lungs’
‘You’ve Got the Love’
‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’
‘Leave My Body’
‘Shake it Out’
‘Dog Days Are Over’
‘Never Let Me Go’
‘No Light No Light’

Meanwhile, other acts to play during the opening day (July 6) included The Darkness, Tribes, The Cribs and Snow Patrol. Click here for a photo gallery of events from day one of T In The Park.

Despite earlier warnings of bad weather, The Darkness opened the Kinross-shire festival to glorious sunshine. The recently re-formed glam-rockers kickstarted this year’s T In The Park with old favourite ‘Growing On Me’.

While their set was heavy on material from their multi-platinum debut album, 2003’s ‘Permission To Land’, they also played choice cuts from their 2005 follow-up LP, including title track ‘One Way Ticket’. Predictably, however, the biggest cheers were reserved for hits ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ and ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.

Meanwhile, Tribes showcased a new track at the Scottish festival, debuting ‘Get Some Healing’ to the early-evening Transmission Stage crowd. The London outfit also played several tracks from their acclaimed 2012 debut album, ‘Baby’, which got the crowd bouncing.

Over in the King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, The Cribs were playing a raucous set that got the crowd moshing. The Wakefield trio tore through tracks from all five albums, including ‘Another Number’, ‘Chi-Town’ and ‘Mirror Kissers’. The biggest cheers of all went to ‘Hey Scenesters’, which saw some fans crowd surf their way to the front.

Snow Patrol brought day one of T In The Park to a close with a little help from a special guest. The biggest surprise of the show, which featured hit tracks such as ‘Run’ and ‘Chasing Cars’, was an appearance from Ed Sheeran, who joined lead singer Gary Lightbody for a rendition of ‘New York’.

The festival continues today (July 7) with performances from The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Vaccines and Two Door Cinema Club. You can watch NME’s ten must-see bands at T In The Park below.

To read our review of Florence And The Machine’s set and many more, pick up our special T In The Park issue of NME, which is available from UK newsstands on Wednesday, July 11

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