Florence Welch says she ‘used to drink before every performance’ due to ‘shyness’

Florence And The Machine's new album will be released in June

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has opened up about her life in a new interview ahead of her upcoming album.

Singer Welch releases her forthcoming third LP, ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’, on June 1.

Speaking to Billboard, Welch revealed how she recently cut back on heavy drinking after turning to alcohol to help combat stage fright. “I used to drink before every performance,” she told Billboard. “I’m quite shy, really – that’s probably why I used to drink a lot. But I don’t anymore.”

During her Coachella first weekend performance in April, Welch suffered a broken ankle after leaping from the stage. However, she confirmed to Billboard that this wasn’t influenced by alcohol consumption. “I wasn’t even drunk,” Welch said.

Welch also described her recent stripped-back performances, which has seen the singer performing whilst sat on a stool. “I don’t know why the foot break happened, but it forced me in a way to slow down and have the same person who wrote this record to show up and sing those songs,” she said.

Florence And The Machine were recently confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which runs from June 24-28 at its traditional home of Worthy Farm, Somerset. In the Billboard interview, the singer spoke of her excitement to perform. “I remember being 20 at the Glastonbury festival. I remember looking at the Pyramid Stage and thinking, ‘I wish I could perform there just one time,'” she said of the very stage she’ll be gracing at Glastonbury this year. “It’s hard to imagine that you think about something you’d like to have happen in your life and it happens,” she added. “For a pessimistic British person that’s very hard to deal with.”

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

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’