British Davis Cup team forced to change semi-final venue due to Florence + The Machine gig

Matches against Australia clash with Florence's Manchester Arena gig on September 18

Britain’s Davis Cup team are looking for a new venue for their upcoming semi-final against Australia after failing to persuade Florence And The Machine to move their upcoming gig at Manchester Arena.

The British team, including Andy Murray and brother Jamie, will play Australia between September 18 and 20. The Lawn Tennis Assosciation (LTA) had hoped to play the games in Manchester but found that the band’s UK and Ireland tour stops in Manchester on the Friday night (September 18).

LTA cheif executive Michael Downey is quouted by BBC Sport as saying that “several conversations” have been held with agents for the band, but that the gig cannot be rearranged.


Team GB will now look for an alternative, with Glasgow’s Emirates Arena expected to be the replacement venue. The LTA has until next Wednesday (August 12) to find an appropriate venue.

Having released third album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ and subsequently topped the UK Albums Chart in the process, and then headlining Glastonbury, Florence Welch and her band will tour throughout September.

They play gigs in Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham. The live stint will conclude with four dates at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Florence + The Machine play:

Belfast Odyssey (September 9)
Dublin 3 Arena (10)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (12)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (14)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (15)
Nottingham Capital Arena (17)
Manchester Arena (18)
Birmingham Genting Arena (19)
London Alexandra Palace (21, 22, 24, 25)