Two years ago, hardly anyone in the U.S. knew who “Florence and The Machine” were. Last year, the soulful British songstress and her band-mates rolled into Philly and played to a half empty room at the Theater of the Living Arts. A lot can change in two years, especially in the music business. Florence and The Machine have become a worldwide phenomenon, and last night, a sold out crowd packed the festival pier at Penn’s Landing to see the fiery redhead perform (presented by Radio 104.5). She did not disappoint.
It was a gorgeous evening weather wise on Penn’s Landing, with low humidity and a gentle breeze. With fans packing the area in front of the stage, almost to the back of the venue, it was a good thing mother nature cooperated. A rainy evening or one of those famous hot and muggy Philadelphia summer nights would have detracted from the experience.
The buzz built slowly for Florence to take the stage. Gazing out at the multitude of fans from the press pit area (between the stage and front row) it was hard to tell where the sea of fans eventually ended as they faded into the darkness. Finally, shortly after 9pm, the large black curtain that hung before the stage dropped, fans erupted into cheers, and the show began.
Clothed in a flowing yellow dress, Florence danced and pranced her way around the stage, sang into a microphone stand adorned with flowers, banged drums, and entranced fans with her powerful voice.
She remarked about the view from the venue stage, “I’ve never played a venue quite like this with a giant bridge in the background” and thanked Philadelphians for their support.
She played many fan favorites including “Rabbit Heart”, “Between Two Lungs”, “You’ve Got The Love”, “Hurricane Drunk”, and “Cosmic Love”. As fans danced and waived their hands in the air (at least in the front half of the crowd, the back half was somewhat more reserved) Florence even dropped two new songs on the crowd, both of which we look forward to hearing again!
After leaving the stage, Florence quickly returned for an encore that included her hit “Dog Days Are Over”. As fans excited the venue, all appeared to be smiling, and happy, basking in the glow of one of music’s brightest new stars.
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