Rogers was performing at the iconic south London venue tonight (February 19) in support of her debut album, ‘Heard It In A Past Life’. The new LP – released in January – was described by NME as “intoxicating” and “the work of an idiosyncratic talent”.
On the final night of the UK tour ahead of European dates, those in attendance gave a rapturous response to Florence + The Machine’s frontwoman taking to the stage.
The pair then sang the single ‘Light On’ together, with Rogers naming Welch her “musical big sister” and a “powerful witch”.
Florence Welch subiu ao palco pra se apresentar com Maggie Rogers. pic.twitter.com/amfJZoRhvN
— Site Florence Brasil (@SiteFloBrasil) February 19, 2019
— Gemma (@bobthebear17) February 19, 2019
One fan in the crowd hailed the team-up as “BIG WITCH ENERGY”, while another commented: “Just watched Maggie Rogers perform with Florence Welch on a full moon! Witch energy in full effect.”
MAGGIE ROGERS BROUGHT OUT FLORENCE WELCH DURING HER SHOW AT BRIXTON ACADEMY THIS IS BIG WITCH ENERGY
— Erin = a whole snack (@GlowingEz) February 19, 2019
Just watched Maggie Rogers perform with Florence Welch on a full moon! Witch energy in full effect
— Ryann (@ryannmking) February 19, 2019
Rogers had teased the collaboration ahead of the show, sharing a text message speaking of “a witchy goddess moon vortex”. She captioned the screenshot with the promise of “a little surprise” for the gig.
Later, Welch posted an image of herself backstage along with the message: “Welcome to the South London Coven, Maggie Rogers.”
See those posts below.
brixton ive got a little surprise for you tonight ? pic.twitter.com/vEfVWRag6H
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) February 19, 2019
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Welch said: “‘Moderation’ was written during the time I was writing ‘High As Hope’. It was one of those instant songs but didn’t fit with the theme of the record cos I knew I wasn’t writing a relationship record.
“It’s about reaching outwards and being cross that someone can’t give you what you want, but the chorus came from a childhood memory of being told off in church.”