Florence + The Machine to play at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich

Singer says it's 'nerve-wracking' to be back with new material

Florence Welch has announced that she will perform at Radio 1’s big weekend in May and revealed that it’s “nerve-wracking” to be back.

The singer, who unveiled her new song ‘What Kind Of Man’ last night, will perform on the festival’s Main Stage on Saturday. “There’s an alchemy that happens in performance,” Welch said during a radio interview with Nick Grimshaw on the Radio 1 breakfast show this morning. “Making a record you put all your emotions in one place. When you perform it’s about everyone else’s experience as well. It’s quite freeing.”

Welch was asked how it feels to finally be back, to which she responded: “It’s a bit nerve-wracking because I haven’t done any interviews or anything, this is one of my first. It’s good to have stuff to show people, making a record is such an insular process… it all gets quite quiet and introverted, and then all of a sudden you have to come out and present it. I felt like a bit of a hermit really, so it goes from nought to 60.”

She said that ‘What Kind Of Man’ was an obvious comeback song because “it showed a different side to what we do,” adding: “I wrote it in LA with Kid Harpoon who’s known me since I was 17. We were trying to experiment with a different sound.”

Florence + The Machine confirmed details of new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ last night. It is the third album from the band and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and its 2011 follow up ‘Ceremonials’. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill and will be released on June 1.

The BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend takes place in Norwich on May 23-24. Taylor Swift was previously announced as the Sunday night headliner. Alongside the Big Weekend, Florence + The Machine are due to play a number of European festivals this summer including Way Out West in Sweden, Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal, Benicàssim in Spain, Oya in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Hurricane and South Side festivals in Germany.

They are also rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury and are favourites to headline alongside Foo Fighters and AC/DC.