Live review: Florence + The Machine @ Apple Music Festival
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★★★★☆ Florence + The Machine brought the Apple Music Festival to a spectacular close on Monday 28th September with a hit filled set, and an energetic live performance.
After headlining this year's Glastonbury Festival, filling in at the last minute to replace Foo Fighters after Dave Grohl's leg injury, Florence Welch is a frontwoman to behold.Her and her band have perfected their live set, and this Apple Music Festival show came after four sell-out shows at London's Alexandra Palace. She's got to be doing something very right with that track record. Flo gave the performance of her life as she poured endless amounts of energy into each song. Often she would be sprint from one side of the stage to the next, or would spin around and dance whilst keeping her vocals immaculate. Opening with 'What The Water Gave Me', she began a show filled with her greatest hits performing everything from 'Shake It Out' to 'Queen Of Peace', the set spanned all three albums. Dressed in a baby blue satin two-piece, she looked like an ethereal goddess as she swayed her mane of ginger hair from side to side. A highlight from the set was when she dedicated 'Cosmic Love' to her dad, it being his birthday. She told a totally endearing story about their first support tour with MGMT when he shipped Flo and the band around Europe in his camper-van. The spotlight shone on her dad and the crowd gave a rapturous rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. It was adorable. An element of Flo's live performance that isn't seen all that often anymore is her adoration for the crowd and her personal interaction with them. Not only did she climb onto the security barrier and attempt to touch as many of the fans as possible, she had conversations with them and even thanked one for coming out to one of her Alexandra Palace shows. Behaviour like this makes Florence Welch more human, unlike some egotistical pop stars of the modern era. She tows a unique line between ethereal goddess and old friend, a perfect combination if you ask me. Overall, Florence + The Machine's live show is one to behold, and was the perfect end to an amazing Apple Music Festival. Bring on next year. You can watch the full performance on Apple Music and Apple TV. Photo credits: Apple Music Festival, London 2015