Florence + The Machine played their forthcoming third album in full at a private friends and family event earlier this evening (February 9) in London.
Florence Welch hosted the listening party, playing the record in its entirety at Les Trois Garcons restaurant in Shoreditch, airing brand new songs ‘Ship To Wreck’, ‘Caught’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘What Kind Of Man’ for the first time. The audience included The xx, Jessie Ware, Fred Macpherson of Spector and the model Daisy Lowe.
Before the playback Welch spoke to the crowd about the record, which is her first since the singer’s debut ‘Lungs’ in 2009 and its follow-up ‘Ceremonials’ in 2011.
Florence + The Machine are 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.
They are also rumoured to be performing at Glastonbury and are favourites to headline alongside Foo Fighters and AC/DC. Bookmakers Paddy Power have cut their odds on Foo Fighters playing Worthy Farm to 5/4 following comments made by Dave Grohl and festival organiser Emily Eavis in 2014.
Meanwhile, AC/DC have odds of 6/1 and Florence + the Machine are tipped to headline the festival for the first time with odds of 8/1.