Review: Florence + The Machine at yafestivalen


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Varies greatly

But at the festival, there is no doubt that the audience is willing to sacrifice everything. Florence later also demonstrated that she can control and manipulate nuance in her voice and contrast in songs in a way that creates highly varied concert sets – even if it’s just her, the band and the occasional bright big screen moon on stage. For example: When one of her biggest hits, the breakthrough song “Dog Days Are Over” pops up surprisingly early on set, it’s a study of successful stage manipulation. The quiet part of the song is in stark contrast to the luxurious part. He whispered. Interesting like a mother who wants children in bed. Before he slowly but surely builds up a vocal explosion and jumps the bonanza in the audience. It’s not that they’re hard to pray, judging by their commitment, they’ve been waiting impatiently for all the singing, applause and overwhelming emotion for two years.

Small scene

Florence is also big on the biggest stage of the festival. In fact, he made it seem like a puzzle. When he entered the stage with the opening song “Heaven is here”, he was barefoot, wearing what could only be called a “fluttering shirt”. Throughout the set, he kept running from side to side on stage. In her bare feet and lace dress, she seemed to float. Overall, he presents himself with a kind of mystical quality throughout the concert. When he went into the audience, he caressed their faces, carrying them gently in his hands, letting them stroke his long red hair.

It can sometimes be reminiscent of some kind of pre-Christian goddess worship. A music party.

As a music journalist, I’m always annoyed that there isn’t a good Norwegian word for the English “national anthem”. So not in the sense of “national anthem”, as it is traditionally translated into Norwegian. No, what I mean is how music journalism uses the word “national anthem” for great music war cry. All-man-to-the-pumps songs that one might say require someone to dance, hoe or clap. A song that makes listeners feel life, death and love through dance and rhythm. Florence Welch has many such songs, and she knows exactly how to use them to create excellent, and very effective, concert sets.

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