Considering she hasn’t released an album yet, Florence and the Machine has certainly made an impression this year, appearing on BBC Introducing and now performing on this sold-out tour. And my gosh did she champion the stage; with her eccentric, soulful voice dominating her backing quirky pop-rock band, filled to the brim with gritty guitars and mischievous on stage ‘kiss-chase’ sequences. Friendly Fires’, ahem…disco-funk-punk-pop music is, as evident, hard to pigeonhole, but it no doubt makes anyone want to dance. Ed Mac’s vocal range was a little weaker than hoped, but despite a few moments of disappointment, there came moments of complete synth-infused bliss.
This gig was always about White Lies, and they were the best band, performing ‘Farewell to the Fairground’ first. Following this a duet with the lovely Florence during ‘To Lose My Life’ ensured high energy from the start. Glasvegas, however, with their wall of sound and thick Gaelic accent, could not compete with the clarity of White Lies. Unfortunately a fight during the set diverted my attention but overall the show was both an enduring and exhilarating experience.