Florence And The Machine cover Cold War Kids at Reading Festival

Singer tells NME that gig is her best festival appearance yet

Florence And The Machine played a rousing set at Reading Festival today (August 22) – during which they covered a Cold War Kids song.

Decked out in a glitter-drenched green cape, Florence Welch and her two-piece band took to the Festival Republic stage at 4:20pm to rapturous applause from the packed tent.

With their eponymous frontwoman telling the crowd that “Reading rocks”, the three-piece then tore into ‘Between Two Lungs’.


During ‘Birdsong’, Welch instructed the band to quieten down, until only the crowd could be heard singing along to the song, while recent single ‘Kiss With A Fist’ saw a large section of fans moshing.

The band also took the opportunity to play an impassioned cover of Cold War Kids ‘Hospital Beds’, with Welch asking the crowd: “So you know this one then?!”

Speaking to NME.COM after the set, Welch explained: “I was scared about doing this [Reading Festival] because it’s a rock festival and I’m not sure how rock I am. But it was one of the best receptions we’ve had so far. For every song people were clapping, which was amazing!”

Florence And The Machine played:

‘Between Two Lungs’


‘Coffin Song’


‘Girl With One Eye’

‘Hospital Beds’


‘Kiss With A Fist’


‘Dog Days’

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