Florence + the Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ Tour Helps Wrap Up a Year to Remember
Fans of darkly romantic indie rock looking to kiss goodbye to 2012 in style are in luck. Along with the end of an epic year of Jubilee and Olympic spirit, the final leg of Florence + the Machine’s worldwide ‘Ceremonials’ tour is almost upon us – and it’s a home stretch in more ways than one, with December dates across the UK.
The band’s rapid success, growing throng of high-profile collaborators and well-established status as a festival-circuit favourite mean it’s hard to believe that ‘Ceremonials’ is only their second album. Widely acclaimed as one of the best releases of the year in 2011, it certainly does their reputation as purveyors of powerful, unique talent justice. The set-list for the album’s tour will include the track ‘Breath of Life’, written to accompany the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.
With Florence Welch, the lead vocalist renowned for her love of dramatic live production, pledging to put the potent purity of the songs centre-stage this time around, it’s looking like anyone who buys Florence + the Machine tickets is in for pared-down perfection this Christmas-time.
Formed in 2007 and headed by the ethereal Welch, Florence + the Machine were given initial exposure by the BBC on ‘BBC Introducing’, its platform for promoting unsigned and little-known artists. From there they came into their own almost immediately, releasing first album ‘Lungs’ in 2009 to a phenomenal critical reception and a seemingly inexhaustible presence in the top 40.
The triumphant success of ‘Lungs’ earned Florence and her Machine coveted spots at big-ticket festivals Lovebox and Glastonbury. Releases from the album took over not only the airwaves but mainstream TV too, packing an emotional punch on hit shows ‘Glee’ and ‘Gossip Girl’, among others.
‘Ceremonials’ followed in 2011, building on the band’s unwavering ability to create popular yet thrillingly diverse and eccentric music, with extraordinary depth of feeling and spellbinding vocals. Collaborating with Calvin Harris on ‘Spectrum’ gave them their first UK number 1, an achievement which surely guarantees that they’ll be wowing listeners for some time to come.
Catch Them While You Can
Florence Welch has hinted that, after five years of non-stop producing and performing, and an exhilarating yet doubtless strenuous rise to international stardom, the band will most likely take a well-deserved break after the ‘Ceremonials’ tour, and before starting work on a third album.
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