Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence And The Machine headed to the bucolic English countryside recently to shoot the video for new single ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’ (out June 22). Keep clicking for behind-the-scenes shots and info from this rather bizarre afternoon. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

The story behind the song takes place in an idyllic village populated by beautiful and innocent young people who’ve gathered together to revere Florence (a bit like the UK media earlier this year). Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

In the story to the song Florence is worshipped by some beautiful villagers. However, one corrupt elder has decided to convince them that they must sacrifice her for their own good. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence and a bunch of extras headed to Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey last week (May 6) to shoot the video for ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’. “The shoot had a twisted mid summer night’s dream feel to it,” Florence told us today. “I got to do my first ever dance routine!” Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

The video was shot last week and directed by Tom Beard and Tabitha Denholm (better known as one half of London DJs Queens Of Noize). Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence And The Machine on the set of the video for ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’. The band are confirmed for several festivals this year including Glastonbury, Reading And Leeds and T In The Park. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

In the video Florence finds herself agreeing with the sexy villagers that she must be sacrificed and gives herself up freely to the process. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

The midpoint of the video sees Florence and the worshippers indulge in a huge banquet to celebrate her impending death. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Forence And The Machine on the set of her new video. For the latest news and videos, plus reviews and to hear some tracks, head over to www.nme.com/artists-florence-and-the-machine. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence And The Machine are currently on a huge and largely sold-out UK tour. If you missed your chance to see the band, they’re supporting Blur for their summer shows and playing Camp Bestival in July. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence has had a busy few weeks recently, filming this video in Cobham last week and playing Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Saturday (May 9). Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

These photos from the set were shot by acclaimed photographer and Central St Martins alumni Alex Lake, who’s also shot Keane, Amy Winehouse and Rufus Wainwright. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence And The Machine’s debut album ‘Lungs’ has been an NME office favourite and is out on July 6, preceded by the single ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’ on June 22. Photo: Alex Lake

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Florence Welch on the set of the video for ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’ last week (May 6). Photo: Alex Lake

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‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’ is Florence And The Machine’s first single since their excellent cover of The Source’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ in January. Photo: Alex Lake

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Florence gets sacrificed in the video for ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise Me Up)’. The film was directed by Queen Of Noize Tabitha Denholm; the band are managed by the other Queen Mairead Nash. Photo: Alex Lake

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Behind the scenes on Florence And The Machine's decadent video shoot

Florence ends the video in a watery grave. “I’m not sure how I managed to get killed off in my first video" she told us this week. Photo: Alex Lake

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