Florence + The Machine debut three new songs at intimate London show

The band played Tufnell Park Dome and premiered material from their forthcoming third album

Florence + The Machine debuted three brand new songs at a special show at London’s Tufnell Park Dome earlier this evening (March 4).

The band played their first show of 2015 at the north London venue, using the event to premiere a number of tracks from forthcoming third album ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’, including the LP’s title track, ‘St Jude’ and ‘Third Eye’.

Current single ‘What Kind Of Man’ opened the set, which began at 9pm. Taking to the stage in a blue satin suit over a sheer white blouse, frontwoman Florence Welch launched into ‘What Kind Of Man’, headbanging in time with music and crouching down on her knees and pushing her own face into the faces of fans in the front row, much to their delight. Backed by an 11 piece band, which included a harpist, horn players and backing vocalists, the energetic show spanned Welch’s musical career.

“It’s really incredible to be here, thank you,” commented Welch before performing ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. “This next song was recorded in LA on that day I got you [gesturing to collaborator Isabella Summers] that outfit and we dressed up as Prince. It was the first song that was written for ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ and it means a lot to me. It’s incredible to be able to play it for you for the first time.”

The uptempo song itself started out slow and in typical Florence fashion built up into an explosive chorus, backed by a driving rhythm. It featured the lyric “What are we going to do?/We’ve opened the door and now it’s all coming true.” The song finished with the musical break already premiered in the album’s teaser video – which you can see below – with Welch recreating the video’s dance moves onstage.

The comparatively low key ‘St Jude’ made for perhaps the most downplayed song of Welch’s entire catalogue, and featured the lyrics: “St Jude the patron saint of lost causes/We were lost before she started.” Introducing the song, Welch thanked the new LP’s producer, Markus Dravs. “This one was especially championed by Markus Dravs who produced the record and is in the audience tonight,” she said. “He lent me a lot of jumpers and made sure I had lights on my bike and generally looked after me. During that year a lot of storms followed me around, real ones and emotional ones, and this is about that.”

It was followed by the Motown-leaning ‘Third Eye’, of which Welch commented: “This next song was written I thought for someone else, but I think it might have been for me, if you know what I mean.” The track’s rousing chorus centred around the lyric “There’s a hole where your heart lies/I can see it with my third eye.”

The show was attended by ticket ballot-winning fans as well as The Kills, The xx, Klaxons, Dan from Bastille, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, model Daisy Lowe and actress Sadie Frost.

Florence + The Machine played:

‘What Kind Of Man’
‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’
‘What The Water Gave Me’
‘Breaking Down’
‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
‘All This And Heaven Too’
‘Only If For A Night’
‘Shake It Out’
‘Dog Days Are Over’
‘St Jude’
‘Third Eye’
‘No Light No Light’

‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ is the third album from Florence + The Machine and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and its follow up ‘Ceremonials’. Produced by Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill and will be released on June 1.

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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’

Florence + The Machine will play BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich this May, and are also due to play a number of European festivals this summer including Way Out West in Sweden, Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal, Benicàssim in Spain, Oya in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Hurricane and South Side festivals in Germany and Electric Picnic in Ireland.