GIG REVIEW: Florence & The Machine @ Alexandra Palace, London 21/09/2015


Day 1 of a four day sell out at London’s Alexandra Palace: What. A. Show. 

Non-stop anthems. Flawless talent. Atmospheric. Loud. Creative. 

Firstly, the venue. Alexandra Palace is a great standing venue with a brilliant view for all. Great acoustics, sound and lighting. The only negative is its location. Not a direct journey on the tube nor an underground station directly nearby. But what’s an uphill jog to a gig when you’re seeing one of London’s finest vocalists? 


9.10pm: the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the band took to the stage.  The backdrop glistened, casting light upon their iconic harp and the spotlight shone on front woman, Florence Welch. Barefoot & dressed in a satin co-ord made up from flared pants and a matching waist coat. The show began, opening with What The Water Gave Me followed by their third studio albums (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful) leading single Ship To Wreck

The whole show was brilliant. A very energetic performance full of pirouettes, leaps & tiptoe sprinting across the stage. A mixture of singalong anthems and acoustic solos.  A contrasting yet balanced variety of powerful and delicate tones. She was flawless. They were incredible.

The Highlights:

  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  • Cosmic Love
  • Dog Days Are Over

For me, these songs stood out the most. Two of the above are very established, recognisable anthems, which had the the crowd belting the lyrics alongside Florence. The other, more delicate had the audience was awe-stricken by her breathtaking vocal range and ability.