Review: Florence and The Machine Live @ Botanic Park

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Photos: Jonathan James

Wednesday night saw the spectacular Florence and The Machine hit Botanic Park in Adelaide, supported by up and coming talents, Marlon Williams and Leon Bridges.

Leon’s time on stage can be whittled down to one word, just cool. With an ensemble that owned the stage and showed us the true meaning of Texan soul, the relatively unknown to Adelaide artist succeeded in bringing on board a host of new fans.

Credit: Jonathan James

The inimitable Florence Welch alongside the Machine part of the band hit the stage at 9pm sharp in high energy. Through the stifling heat, she danced across the stage without her voice faltering once. A testament to her talent and discipline, she kept the same energy and the same clarity in her voice throughout the entire performance.

Credit: Jonathan James
Credit: Jonathan James

Though we witnessed a fixated crowd, the heat was simply overwhelming and kudos to Space Events for combating it at every point. Bottles of water were being handed out, the cordoned off mosh area had misters keeping the area cool as well as water being sprayed over the crowd.

Between songs, Florence engaged with the audience, at times encouraging the crowd to hold hands, hug, and put their phones away. She has a mesmerising stage presence, gliding across the stage like an angel and capturing the hearts of her adoring fans.

Credit: Jonathan James
Credit: Jonathan James

She performed songs from latest album High as Hope, such as South London Forever about a messy teen experience, and Patricia, dedicated to her dear friend Patti Smith. She went from bellowing lows to screaming highs with ease, and the band played along in synchronisation as they performed other hits like Dog Days Are Over and Shake it Off, as a high note to end the night, encouraging the audience to be her choir.  

Credit: Jonathan James
Credit: Jonathan James

Overall, the night was fantastic, from the opening acts to the final song. The crowd left the park with huge smiles on their faces, and feet tired from dancing.

Credit: Jonathan James
Credit: Jonathan James

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