FLORENCE + THE MACHINE // THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW

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The dog days might not be over, but a Florence + the Machine gig is a welcome escape

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE PERFORMING AT GLASGOW’S SSE HYDRO - 17.11.2018  PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“I promise you, a revolution in consciousness starts with the individual, so you are all so important,” Florence Welch preached, before asking the crowd of Scottish devotees to hold hands with one another: “Tonight, wherever you are from, this is all our hometown.”

At her recent Glasgow gig, Florence (and her machine) earnestly invited her doting fans to come together; to hold on to one another; and most significantly, not to give up hope in a world where watching the news can drain it.

Of course, there is room to be skeptical here; to poke holes in the red-haired revivalist’s performance and the messages in her music. But where’s the fun in that? Leaving the show through a bleary-eyed crowd of fans, it seemed this was as much a religious experience for the fans as it was a gig.

Twirling and prancing across a glimmering stage that seemed to melt away underneath the bare-footed protagonist, Florence Welch gave Glasgow hope. Opening with ‘June’ from her newest album ‘High as Hope’, static and sermon-like she sang about how we must “hold on to each other” and use love as “an act of defiance”.

As Florence glided and whirled through her set and the silhouettes of her ‘machine’ faded in and out of its walls, Glasgow’s Hydro arena was transformed into a fairytale of chaos, romance, and compassion.

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