Last night we went to possibly one of the best gigs we’ve ever been to. Florence and the Machine at Alexandra Palace, and when we say possibly we mean top two!
Having sold out all four nights we were really chuffed to be there and what an awesome venue Ally Pally is; large enough so you feel like you’re at a concert, but small enough to get the intimacy of smaller gigs. The crowd was packed in so we strategically stood to the left by the exit doors, but we still had a clear view. Luckily when the gig started there were two huge digital screens on either side of the stage so we couldn’t miss a thing.
They opened with ‘What the Water Gave Me’, which as an opener was intense, the dark lighting with a glitter ball effect as a back drop, added a really cool image. To follow was ‘Ship to Wreck’ and ‘Shake it Out’ – I think its fair to say the crowd was loving it. But as ever with Florence it was hit after hit after hit.
There wasn’t ever a dip in the set. They performed ‘Cosmic Love’ acoustically on the harp which was again so powerful and engaging. But for me the highlight came with ‘Dogs Days are Over’ where she instructed that everyone remove an item of clothing and wave it around like a mad man…done!
The encore was what every encore should be two huge songs, deep red lighting and the crowd at full tilt. ‘What Kind of Man’ and ‘Drumming Song’ back to back closed the set and with that the night. An energetic, magical and outstanding vocal performance by Florence made what would have been a rather dull Thursday night in London into a top two gig experience.