Florence and the Machine
May 24th-July 3rd
As Florence and the Machine have graduated to larger stages in recent years, frontwoman Florence Welch has become an onstage dynamo. On the first leg of the group's tour supporting its latest LP, last year's cinematic and emotional breakup record How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the singer pulled ballerina shapes, ran around barefoot and even charged audiences topless all as an expression of primal freedom. She and her multi-person rock orchestra return in May for an expansive North American trek that finds them playing amphitheaters and arenas, venues where Welch can stretch out and test her mettle. "It's almost like I'm trying to fly," she tells Rolling Stone of her high-performance onstage athleticism. "I always imagine that one day I would just run and take off. There's just so much adrenaline going, so the mortality of your body is sort of inconsequential. Just like, 'Fuck it. Go!'"