Florence And The Machine plays second Reading Festival show on her birthday

Plus the singer has a present to unwrap on NME/Radio 1 Stage

Florence And The Machine played her second show today (August 28) at the Reading Festival, packing out the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

With singer Florence Welch celebrating her birthday, the day had already proved eventful with the singer opening the festival this morning by appearing as a surprise special guest on the BBC Introducing stage.

For her main set of the event, the singer ensured the celebratory spirit continued.

Kicking off with the title track from debut album ‘Lungs’, Welch had her large crowd loudly clapping along from the beginning.

With the stage decorated with flowers and a vintage bird cage, the singer confidently stomped about during ‘Kiss With A Fist’ before she scaled the tent’s rigging – in heels – and climbed into the rafters.

Ahead of ‘Drumming Song’ the singer noticed a large wrapped present at the front of the stage.

“Shall I open this? It’s my birthday and there appears to be a present,” she told the crowd as she opened the box.

Upon discovering a megaphone, Welch asked, “Why would someone give me this?” before she found the siren function, declaring, “This rules!” once she’d given it a road test.

“It’s a real pleasure to be here on my birthday,” the singer announced before sending the crowd wild with a euphoric version of ‘Dog Days Are Over’.

Performing her cover of Candi Staton‘s ‘You’ve Got The Love’, Welch wrapped things up with ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’ from her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album.

Florence And The Machine played:

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

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Video courtesy of BBC.co.uk/readingandleeds