Florence Welch reveals that Neil Young mistook her for ‘a man with a high voice’

Singer discusses meeting the folk legend at his Bridge School Benefit concert in 2014

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has describing an awkward incident meeting Neil Young last year, revealing that he thought she was a male singer.

Welch made her live return at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert in October 2014, and has now told Rolling Stone about her encounter with the folk singer at the charity show in Mountain View, California.

READ: NME album review of ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

“[Young has] got such incredible energy, said Welch, who releases new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ in June. “He said that when he first heard my record, he thought that I was a man with a high voice… He was like, ‘I live in the mountains. I don’t know much media. I just thought you were a man called Florence. And I was like, ‘Hey, that’s pretty punk.’ ’ I was like, ‘Thanks, Neil. Thank you so much’.”

In the same interview, Welch discussed how Nick Cave inspired her fashion choices on stage, saying: “I think if you wear something, it kind of dictates how you perform. And so I think I wanted to make sure I felt as free as possible in the moment.”

Welch added: “I looked at Nick Cave, how he would just walk onstage in a suit. We’ve been looking at moving away from costumes. I like the idea of breaking down the boundaries between my real self and my stage self – to be as raw as possible.”

Welch’s third album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and 2011 follow-up ‘Ceremonials’ on June 1. Produced by Marcus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

Florence And The Machine’s new song ‘Delilah’ aired online last week. Stream here.

The ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Ship To Wreck’
‘What Kind Of Man’
‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
‘Queen Of Peace’
‘Various Storms & Saints’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’