Florence And The Machine honoured to ‘warm-up Isle Of Wight Festival for Jay-Z’

Singer tells NME she can't believe she's playing the slot before the rapper

Florence And The Machine declared they were honoured to “warm up” for Jay-Z at the Isle Of Wight Festival tonight (June 11).

Singer Florence Welch admitted she could not quite believe she was playing before the rapper, who is set to headline the opening night of the 2010 event.

“I’m Jay-Z‘s warm-up act,” she told NME ahead of her slot. “When I hear about these sets I do ask, ‘Are you sure?’, I’m not sure we’re big enough to play the slots we’re doing, only two years ago I was here to DJ!”

Playing a set drawn from her debut album, she also included new song ‘Strangeness & Charm’. “Thanks for having me back Isle Of Wight!” She told the crowd ahead of the track. “It’s the first time I’ve played it in the Isle Of Wight ever!”

Welch then paused the gig to do some warm-up “stretches” before launching into ‘Dog Days Are Over’, asking the crowd to dance along with her midway through the song as she jumped up and down on top of a speaker at the front of the stage.

Keeping the dancing going, the singer and her band – joined by a choir and string section – tore through ‘Kiss With A Fist’ before playing ‘You Got The Love’ and set closer ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’.

Florence And The Machine played:

‘My Boy Builds Coffins’
‘Between Two Lungs’
‘Drumming Song’
‘Cosmic Love’
‘Strangeness & Charm’
‘Dog Days Are Over’
‘Kiss With A Fist’
‘You Got The Love’
‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’

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