In case you didn’t know, Chelsea and I are MAJOR Florence and the Machine fans. I mean major. We have followed her musical career and tours for years. When we heard about two last minute pop up shows happening in San Francisco, we were waiting by our computers and counting down the minutes until they went on sale so we could make sure we were there on opening night at the Masonic (literally, I watched the clock countdown). When Florence was announced to play Coachella this year, we knew a new album was on the brink and we were overjoyed. So with further adieu, here’s our review of her first show on her new album tour (Weds April 8th, 2015)!
We gathered all our other ride or dies for Flo’ (Tim and Lindsay), and headed to the Masonic early. With no opener and the show said to start @ 8pm sharp, we were not messin’ around.
This was actually my first time at the Masonic and it was perfectly cozy with the floor open for standing and the balcony with seats.
We got some great row 2 seats close to the side of the stage. Tim and Lindsay were on the floor.
Flo came out around 8:30p in this awesome velour suit and we were a bit puzzled at this point because she usually wears elaborate gowns but we weren’t going to judge, she can do no wrong. She opened with a powerful What the Water Gave Me and commanded the stage and the audience as hers.
She started calm at the mic and then ramped up by running and dancing on each side of the stage and grabbing people’s hands and singing straight to fans in the first few rows.
She quickly shed her jacket to reveal this beautifully large bell flow sleeved white see through blouse which she elegantly swung around with her tunes. She went back and forth between old and new songs. With every new song, she explained where the song came from and the meaning behind them which I loved.
Her energy all night was high and she absolutely killed it. When she played Dog Days, she had the entire audience shed some clothes and embrace each other. She even ended up with a bra onstage. She also took everyone’s gifts that they brought for her and read them, shared them with the audience and personally thanked everyone for the gift.
If you want to get up close and personal with Florence, get in the front row at one of her shows and she will connect with you.
Her voice sounds better in person every time. She played How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, St. Jude, What Kind of Man, Ship to Wreck, and a few others from the new album along with classics like No Light, No Light and Shake It Out.
I had chills throughout the entire night her show was so magnificent and I knew ahead of time how great she was. She’s a timeless act that’s only progressed and improved. If you want to catch a show of a lifetime from a beautifully voiced soul, get to a Florence and Machine show!