Florence Welch: 5 best live performances

Florence Welch: 5 best live performances


Text: Rachel Chan

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Love Florence Welch's new single, 'Sky Full Of Stars'? We revisit the Brit songstress' five best performances over the years

1. 'If I Rise' — 83rd Academy Awards (2011)
Although the 31-year-old wasn't a nominee that night, the Florence + The Machine vocalist took to the stage with 'If I Rise' from the movie, 127 Hours, which was nominated for Best Original Song. Her performance with A.R. Rahman left everyone in awe thanks to her smooth, floating-like voice that complemented the cinematic tone of the song.

2. 'Never Let Me Go' — MTV Unplugged (2012)
The thought of Welch's vibrato vocals echoing through a synagogue just gives us the chills. During the performance at Angel Orensanz Center, a three-piece band and a 10-person strong choir accompanied throughout, surrounded by a dimmed setting, candles and fairy lights. This particular song simply proved how good of a singer she is. Trust her to give us and everyone else in the audience a spiritual cleansing...

3. 'You've Got The Love' — Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2012)
A complete 180-degree change from the original upbeat tempo of the song, Welch once again gave her stellar singing skills the spotlight, amplifying it with a full orchestra behind her. The rather slow and darker version coupled with how she sang it projected a more meaningful vibe to the track, especially since the concert was benefitting the Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom.

4. 'Delilah' — Glastonbury Festival (2015)
The fiery red-haired songstress filled in at the last minute for another musical act, Foo Fighters. Prancing around the stage barefoot while singing, Welch still managed to keep her powerful tone from faltering. "The day after the gig, someone sent me a link to the performance and I cried like a f*cking baby. It melted my f*cking heart. I am forever indebted to them. It meant so much, you have no idea," said Foo Fighters lead singer, Dave Grohl.

5. 'Sweet Nothing' — Lollapalooza Brazil (2016)
Her unrushed version of the electronic dance music song 'Sweet Nothing' with renowned DJ Calvin Harris sounded almost angel-like in this performance, coupled with the crowd caroling the lyrics back to her.

Listen to Florence + The Machine's new single, 'Sky Full Of Song', here on Spotify. For last week's #WomanCrushWednesday, click here.