Florence And The Machine play surprise acoustic show in Sydney – watch

Band perform intimate warm up gig ahead of Splendour In The Grass headline slot this weekend

Florence And The Machine played a surprise acoustic gig in Sydney last night (July 23).

The performance, which was a warm-up show ahead of their forthcoming headline slot at Splendour In The Grass at Byron Bay this weekend, saw around 500 people turn out at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the city’s harbour.

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The band played stripped-down versions of a host of tracks from their new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ including ‘What Kind Of Man’ and ‘Queen Of Peace’.

They went on to perform ‘Shake It Out’, ‘Dog Days Are Over’ a cover of Calvin Harris’ ‘Sweet Nothing’ before wrapping up with ‘Mother’.

Florence And The Machine played:

‘What The Water Gave Me’ 

‘Ship To Wreck’ 

‘Shake It Out’ 

‘Rabbit Heart’ 


‘Sweet Nothing’
‘Only If For A Night’
‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ 

‘Queen Of Peace’ 

‘What Kind Of Man’ 

‘Drumming Song’ 


‘You’ve Got the Love’
‘Dog Days Are Over’ 

‘Long & Lost’ 


Fans posted clips of the intimate gig online. You can watch a Vine clip of Florence Welch bantering with her band during the show below.

The singer alerted fans to the secret gig the night before with a posting on her Twitter page which read:

Florence And The Machine will headline Splendour In The Grass tomorrow (July 24).