Florence Welch to audience: "Get high with us"
Florence And The Machine‘s last-minute headline set at Glastonbury 2015 has begun with a vast crowd and an opening salvo of songs new and old. Florence stepped up to the headline slot to replace Foo Fighters after Dave Grohl broke his leg in Gothenburg earlier this month.
The band performed Foo Fighters track ‘Times Like These’ in tribute to Grohl, and Welch thanked the singer/guitarist for being supportive.
The set began at 10.15 pm with ‘What The Water Gave Me’ from second album ‘Ceremonials’ and ‘A Ship To Wreck’ from new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’.
Backed by a version of The Machine that included backing singers and a harp, Welch appeared barefoot – a brave move considering this appearance was put in jeapardy when she broke her foot whil performing at California’s Coachella festival in April. Florence stepped up to the headline slot to replace Foo Fighters after Dave Grohl broke his leg in Gothenburg earlier this month.
After ‘A Ship To Wreck’, a breathless Florence addressed the crowd. She said: “Thank you so much. We are Florence + The Machine and we would have really liked to have a choir, but we didn’t have time, so we were wondering if you would be our choir. Glastonbury, will you sing with us?” They proceeded to play a euphoric ‘Shake It Up’, after which Welch asked if the crowd “want to get high with us”, and encouraged members of the audience to get on each others’ shoulders. Prowling at the front of the stage, Welch then played ‘Raise It Up (Rabbit Heart)’ from her debut album ‘Lungs’. During that, she ran right down to the crowd, where she took a daisy headband from a fan and serenaded a female member of the crowd.