Florence + the Machine debut two new songs during first show of 2018

One new song is a tribute to one of Welch's favourite artists

Florence + The Machine debuted two new tracks during their Halixfax gig last night (May 5).

The show is their first of 2018 and saw them play recent teaser singles ‘Hunger’ and ‘Sky Full of Song’.

New songs ‘Patricia’ and ‘100 Years’ were played live for the first time. ‘Patricia’ was performed acoustically, with Welch describing it as a ‘special song’ and a “tribute to one of my favourite artists”.

She later added, “the bit in the middle isn’t about her but the rest of it is” Watch a performance of ‘Patricia’ and ‘100 Years’ below.

Florence + The Machine continue their mini-tour this week. You can see the remaining dates below.

Scunthorpe, Baths Hall – May 6
London, Royal Festival Hall – May 8
London, London Stadium – May 25 (supporting The Rolling Stones)

The band are gearing up to release new album ‘High As Hope’. Welch recently spoke with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac about avoiding booze to focus on new material for the album at the end of touring for 2015’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.’

“It’s interesting because I think I never knew how to come down after a tour before, so I would just go on a massive bender”, she said.

“And I wasn’t doing that, so I just went straight back in the studio”.

Welch also spoke of headlining Glastonbury in 2015 after she replaced the Foo Fighters as Dave Grohl had broken his leg.

‘High as Hope’ is set for release on June 29.