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Bands to Watch #39: Florence and the Machine

By on Friday, 7th November 2008 at 1:21 pm

I have been a fan of Florence and the Machine for quite a considerable amount of time now. Thing is, I didn’t actually realise it up until a few weeks ago. Basically, I kept hearing this super catchy tune on the tube about kisses and fists. Intriguing, I know. Anyhow, the other day, I decided to actually look into this track. I discovered the artist was indeed Miss. Florence (and her Machine).

Upon discovering the Machine, I realised this was not actually the first time I’d encountered Florence (who cites Celine Dion and Eva Cassidy as just two of her influences). Infact, Florence first caught my attention many months ago over at MySpace collaborating with her mate, Lightspeed Champion, on some retro Green Day covers. While Dev went on to achieve a considerable amount of success with his debut album, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, Florence remained contrastingly unfamiliar.

Now, however, it would appear that the London lass is getting quite a name for herself thanks to her contagious indie folk blues – or ‘grindcore’ as her MySpace chooses to label it. Whatever the genre, one thing for sure is that Florence – who this week gained a place on NME’s Cool List – is tipped for big things in the coming months. She already has appearances at Reading, Glastonbury and Austin fest, SXSW, under her (presumably floral vintage) belt. Heck, she even played a gig in Lancaster library the other day!

Combining such antics with her heartfelt, soulful sounds, surely means Florence is imminently set to rival our current (and rather tedious) Lily, Kate and Amys.


Above: Kiss with a Fist video

If you liked that, why not pre-order Florence and the Machines’ upcoming single, Dog Days are Over from Moshi Moshi records.


Mencap gigs announced / November 2008

By on Monday, 29th September 2008 at 10:25 pm

Following on from last year’s amazing lineup, the Mencap Little Noise sessions are back again this November to raise more money for the mental disability charity.

The series of gigs at London’s Islington Union Chapel will take place over about 2 weeks, with more dates and artists to be announced

The charity’s ambassador, Jo Whiley, may be on maternity leave from her job at Radio 1, but she’s managed to get an incredible lineup to play. She commented: “Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions are a great opportunity to see big name bands play an acoustic gig in an intimate setting, whilst raising money for a really worthwhile cause.”

Fans wanting to buy tickets need to register on Mencapmusic.org.uk between October 1 and 16. All proceeds from ticket sales go to Mencap.

Saturday 8th November – Glasvegas, Cage the Elephant
Sunday 9th November – Razorlight, Florence and the Machine, Esser
Monday 10th November – Stereophonics, Seasick Steve
Tuesday 11th November – Adele, Angus And Julia Stone
Wednesday 12th November – Biffy Clyro, Friendly Fires, Frank Turner
Thursday 13th November – James Morrison, Katy Perry, Sam Beeton
Friday 14th November – Kasabian, Reverend and the Makers, The Hours, Fight Like Apes
Saturday 15th November – Keane, The Script, Bryn Christopher, Red Light Company
Tuesday 18th November – The Fratellis


Florence and the Machine / October and November UK tour

By on Thursday, 14th August 2008 at 3:00 pm

Florence and the Machine have announced a string of 9 UK tour dates for late October and early November.

I saw Florence and co at Ben and Jerry’s Summer Sundae and was less than impressed, however the new single is quite something!

Tickets are on sale now, priced somewhere between £6 and £9.50, dependent on which date you want to go to!

Catch Florence and the Machine at:

Wednesday 29th October – Brighton Digital
Thursday 30th October – London Bush Hall
Sunday 2nd November – Lancaster Library
Monday 3rd November – Newcastle Digital
Tuesday 4th November – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 5th November – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Monday 10th November – Bristol Louisiana
Tuesday 11th November – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 13th November – Sheffield University


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