Meanwhile, Flo holds star-studded listening party
Andrew Trendell
09:23 10th February 2015

Get ready Florence + The Machine fans - it looks like new music could be coming sooner than you though, after details of her new album appeared prematurely online. 

- UPDATE: Florence + The Machine has now shared a new track and video. Click here to see

As many eagle-eyed users found, iTunes briefly posted a banner advertising pre-orders of the new album, along with the automatic download of first single 'What Kind Of Man':

Said single reportedly came with the following artwork, reports Consequence Of Sound:

Meanwhile, as NME reports, that Florence Welch hosted an album listening party last night (Monday 9 February) at Les Trois Garcons restaurant in London's Shoreditch - in which new tracks including 'Ship To Wreck', 'Caught', 'Delilah' and 'What Kind Of Man'.

Check out two exclusive photos from the listening party below, featuring Jessie Ware, and Welch's bandmate Isa.

The xx, Jessie Ware, Spector's Fred Macpherson and model Daisy Lowe were in attendance. 

Florence + The Machine is currently a favourite to headline Glastonbury festival, but is also rumoured as the final headliner for Reading & Leeds. No UK dates have been announced yet, but the remainder of her 2015 festival tour plans are below. For tickets and more information, visit here

APRIL
12 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
19 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival

JUNE
05-07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
11-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
19-21 – Scheeßel and Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Hurricane and Southside Festivals
25-28 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
27-07/04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival

JULY
16-19 – Benicàssim, ES
18 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock

AUGUST
17 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
11-15 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
13-15 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Way Out West
14-16 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival

  • Welch rose to fame due to Mairead Nash. She cornered her in a bathroom and sang Etta James's 'Something's Got a Hold on Me'. A week later, Welch received a phone call asking her to perform at a club night.

  • Welch has huge fashion influence, Gucci designer Frida Giannini has said that Welch served as an inspiration for the house’s winter 2011 collection; Giannini also created the outfits for Florence + The Machine’s most recent US tour.

  • 'What the Water Gave Me' was inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting. Describing the painting in question, Welch said: "that one where her feet are in the bath and all of her nightmares and dreams are in the bath with her. It got me thinking about the water and the sea. When I was growing up, there were these news stories that kept popping up in my life about children who would get swept out to sea, and the parents would dive in after them. I%u2019d seen these news stories crop up again and again, and it made me think of this idea of the sea being this entity that needs a sacrifice."

  • Welch was terrified throughout her teens, "If you asked me to go back to being 14 or 15, I couldn't %u2013 it was a terrifying time. I was so awkward in my own skin. I used to hide behind my hair because I was so ridiculously self-conscious."

  • Welch travelled around her first tour (supporting MGMT in 2008) with her dad in a camper van because she didn't have any money.

  • Florence once locked eyes with Paul McCartney and sang, "Rebel rebel, how could they know? / Hot tramp, I love you so . . . " during a David Bowie cover at an Alexander McQueen tribute gig. She'd never met him before.

  • Welch received her education at the Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career.

  • Florence's mother was Evelyn, a professor of renaissance studies and academic dean of arts at Queen Mary, University of London. She doesn't listen to music.

  • Welch has described love as a 'sickness': "Love is horrible, though, isn't it? I mean, when you’re in love, it’s like a sickness. Such madness."

  • She has said she was really in to witch craft as a younger lady, "I made mini shrines in my bedroom with candles and tried to cast spells to make the boy in the next class fall in love with me. I don’t think he did."


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