Florence + The Machine play new songs to huge Glastonbury crowd

Florence Welch draws one of the biggest audiences in the Other Stage's history

Florence And The Machine drew a massive crowd to watch their Other Stage performance at Glastonbury this afternoon (June 25), with singer Florence Welch admitting the gig was “pretty much the best moment in my life”.

The band’s late afternoon set on Worthy Farm‘s second biggest stage easily saw them attract one of the biggest crowds of the day, although frontwoman Florence Welch seemed to take the adulation in her stride.

Earlier on, Welch used the gig to air a one-off cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘The Chain’, promising that she will never play it again.

“This is the only time we’re ever gonna play this song, for you people, because I love this festival so much,” she explained.

Before ‘Drumming Song’, the singer picked up a stray drumstick and began conducting the audience, making them cheer when she held it up and quieten down when she dropped it to her side.

“This is my fourth Glastonbury in a row,” she said in the middle of her set. “We’re gonna play you a new song now, called ‘Strangeness And Charm’. Enjoy it, because we won’t be back here next year.”

Welch also debuted the recently-released ‘Heavy In Your Arms’ which was recorded for the latest Twilight film.

During an epic version of ‘Dog Days Are Over’ she encouraged the audience to jump up and down in unison with her for the outro, which they duly did.

The end of the band’s set saw them joined by a string section for an extended intro of their Candi Staton cover ‘You’ve Got The Love’.

Florence And The Machine played:

‘Drumming Song’
‘Between Two Lungs’
‘Strangeness & Charm’
‘Dog Days Are Over’
‘Heavy In Your Arms’
‘The Chain’
‘Cosmic Love’
‘You’ve Got The Love’
‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’

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