What’s on Manchester: Florence and the Machine at the Manchester Arena
Thursday 15th March 2012 7:30pm
Straight off the heals of her fantastic NME awards visit where Florence and the Machine won two NME Awards, capping an amazing four months since the release of ‘Ceremonials’. She went home with Best Solo Act and Best Track for ‘Shake It Out’ ‘Flo’ is hitting the road with a UK tour and visiting us here in Manchester on the 15th March. The recently released second album from Florence & the Machine has been an unquestionably massive success around the globe. ‘Ceremonials’ has shipped over 1 million units in just over 2 weeks since its release and hit the top of the UK charts and the Billboard Top 10 in its first week. In celebration of Florence being most definitely back and here to stay, we are pleased to announce her first full UK dates since the Cosmic Love tour in May 2010, with a series of huge venues up and down the country, including two nights Alexandra Palace in London. Main support on all dates will come from The Horrors. Spector will be the opening band throughout the tour except London on March 9, where Florence will be joined by Theme Park
Hailing from South London, Florence Mary Leontine Welch writes songs that occupy the same confessional territory as gossip-loving, genre-bending contemporaries like Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Adele, and Lily Allen and the moody, classic art rock of Kate Bush, blending pop, soul, and baroque arrangements into a sound that earned the young artist considerable buzz in 2007. Managed by the Camden-based DJ duo the Queens of Noize and backed by a rotating lineup of musicians, Florence & the Machine released their debut single, “Kiss with a Fist,” on the Moshi Moshi label in June 2008. The critically acclaimed debut album Lungs followed in July 2009 and quickly became one of the year’s most popular releases in the U.K., where Florence charted four Top 40 singles in less than 12 months. The songs gathered steam in other parts of the world, too, particularly in America, where “Dog Days Are Over” peaked at number 21, went platinum, and even earned its own performance on the TV show Glee. Lungs was reissued the following year in a two-disc package entitled Between Two Lungs, and included a bonus 12-track disc that featured live versions and remixes. That same year, Florence & the Machine returned to the studio with producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Adele) to begin work on their second full-length outing. The resulting Ceremonials, which successfully expanded on the group’s already huge sound, arrived on Halloween 2011 and has won critical success worldwide!
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