It is not long now until Florence + The Machine touch down on New Zealand soil. Treating fans to not only one, but two shows.

Hippy-rocker Florence Welch moved the crowd in Perth on Saturday night backed by eight piece ‘The Machine.’ This marked the first show of the Australian/New Zealand Tour. Aussie fans were treated with a setlist that mixed both the new and old. Even debuting a never heard before song, thought to be titled “Moderation” (although titled “MD” on the on-stage setlist) leaving everyone speechless I can imagine.

“Her stunning voice filled the arena and whipped the crowd into a frenzy as she revisited fan favourites from 2009 debut-album Lungs and 2011 album Ceremonials with tracks like Only If For a Night and Dog Days Are Over. The one love hippy theme permeated throughout the night. Before singing her ode to punk queen Patti Smith Patricia, she “welcomed” her spirit into the arena (a quick Google search reveals Patti is still alive) and there was a lot of forced love.” – 

Beautifully strong vocals, magical costumes, and lots of love is exactly what the crowd at RAC Arena in Perth were treated to all night long. All because of Florence + The Machine and their incredibly positive show, and soul moving music.

“She wears modern Victorian garb but performs barefoot and leaps and bounds across the stage like a dancing gazelle when she isn’t climbing into the mosh-pit still singing into her microphone or grabbing onto unsuspecting worshippers. Welch says she’s a hippy and will even ask you to hug or hold hands with the person next to you, and if you don’t comply with her wishes then you are the odd one out.” – 

So how can you pass up the opportunity to see Florence + The Machine? There are still tickets left for the remaining Australian dates (listed below). Along with seated tickets for their headlining show at Spark Arena, Auckland on the 30th of January at Ticketmaster. If one massive show wasn’t enough, they are also performing at the 25th St.Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Auckland on the 28th of January. 

Remaining Australia dates

Saturday, 12th January – Perth Arena, Perth (Support: Marlon Williams)
Wednesday, 16th January – Botanic Park, Adelaide (Support: Billie Eilish)
Friday, 18th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (Support: Marlon Williams)
Saturday, 19th January – My Duneed Estate, Geelong (Support: Billie Eilish)
Tuesday, 22nd January – Riverstage, Brisbane (Support: Marlon Williams)
Wednesday, 23rd January – Riverstage, Brisbane (Support: Marlon Williams)
Saturday, 26th January – The Domain, Sydney (Support: Billie Eilish)

New Zealand dates

Monday, 28th January – St.Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland
Wednesday, 30th January – Spark Arena, Auckland

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