Bobbysix.com was lucky enough to attend Florence + The Machine's show in Sydney recently. The above photo, by the way, was stolen (with a loving kiss) from our good friend Daniel Boud's website. Check out his work. The man is a genius. Anyway, here's our review:
A music lover witnesses countless gigs in their lifetime. Some bad, some average, some great, but only very occasionally are you able to be part of something truly special and unique. Florence + The Machine's only Australian appearance, as part of the Debit Mastercard Priceless Music series, was one such instance. The Seymour Centre was the perfect venue. With just 12 rows of seats (each holding a Venetian-style masquerade mask to be worn during the show), it was incredibly intimate and had a theatrical feel perfectly suited to the performance.
Florence Welch, resplendent and regal in a sequinned gown, glided to centre-front and opened the proceedings with Only If For A Night. Supported by three backing singers, harp, keys, guitars and two drummers, Welch wasted no time in showcasing her extraordinary vocal ability. The quiet-loud-quiet-louder-quiet-MASSIVE dynamic of her songs combined with gothic lyrics drenched in emotion left the crowd, who – due to the amphitheatre layout – were pretty much on top of her, absolutely awestruck. Tiptoeing the floor barefoot, spinning in circles and gesticulating elegantly, she performed her new album almost in its entirety, along with favourites such as Dog Days Are Over and Cosmic Love, in which the harp was beautifully precise. By the time she ended with Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) and Spectrum, the audience had long-since been on their feet.
After the two-song encore was brought to a fittingly epic end with No Light, No Light, attendees reluctantly made their way to the exit in the knowledge that they had been lucky enough to be part of something genuinely beautiful. Indeed, so magical was the atmosphere in room during this perfect occasion that to step back into the real world felt painfully mundane. This was a wonderful and unforgettable night.
This review first appeared in Sydney's Drum Media. It was written by Bobby Townsend and edited by Heidi Pett.