Florence and The Machine launched their second album 'Ceremonials' in London last night, playing an intimate show at the Hackney Empire. (Oct 25).
In a set leaning heavily on new material, released this coming Monday (Oct 31), Florence took to the stage in front of a loving and attentive audience with family and celebrity friends watching on keenly.
New single 'Shake It Out' and the previous release 'What The Water Gave Me' were aired early on, already sounding as established as the likes of 'Rabbit Heart' and 'Dog Days Are Over', both of which are met with rapturous applause when played by Florence later in the set.
Backed by an eight piece band, Florence was later joined onstage by Kid Harpoon to perform 'Leave My Body' which the pair wrote together for the new album.Having explained that she was feeling "really nervous" before the show, Florence explained how Kid Harpoon was one of the first people to help her out when she was "Just pretending to have a band years ago."
With the show being filmed for a live web stream, Florence was keen to put on a good show for the cameras and left those unable to make it in person feel part of the show too. With tickets swapping hands for hundreds of pounds outside, the reatively cheap web view seemingly a bargain.
Future single 'No Light, No Light' ended the set with Florence and her audience aware that she is unlikely to return to such a small venue anytime soon.
'Ceremonials' is released on October 31.