English indie rock band Florence + the Machine started out as two high school friends collaborating with no plans in mind. Today, Isabelle Summers and Florence Welch have taken the world by storm with their eclectic sounds. In addition to Summers and Welch, Florence + the Machine’s current lineup includes Robert Ackroyd (guitar and backing vocals), Chris Hayden (drums, percussion and backing vocals), Mark Saunders (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Tom Monger (harp). When BBC introduced Florence + the Machine on their radio program BBC Introducing in 2008, their star started to soar. In 2009, the band released its debut album Lungs, which was based off of Welch’s temporary breakup with a former boyfriend. This album had an insane amount of success, certifying either gold or platinum in countries all over the world. A couple of their singles ("Kiss with a Fist", "Dog Days Are Over", “Cosmic Love”) were used in several films and television shows including films Jennifer’s Body and Wild Child and television shows So You Think You Can Dance?, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, and Gossip Girl, where they would later appear in cameo roles. In 2011, Florence + the Machine released Ceremonials. A departure from the melodies of Lungs, Ceremonials is a dark yet bold album, which won critical acclaim, earning the group a 75 out of 100 score from Mediacritic. During this time, not only did the band have a critically acclaimed album, but they also took time to record “Breath of Life”, the official theme song of Snow White and the Huntsman. After being nominated for two Grammys (one for Best Pop Album for Ceremonials, the second for the single “Shake it Off” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance), the band recorded “Over the Love” specifically for Baz Luhrmann's film, The Great Gatsby. It was then when Florence + the Machine decided to take a one year break.
Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful & How Big Tour
In 2015, three years after Ceremonials was released, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful exploded into the music scene. Although its release was in May 2015, Florence + the Machine teased their fans by first performing the new album in its entirety at a private event in London and then releasing singles adding to the anticipation of the release date. This paid off: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful debuted in the number 1 slot on the UK Albums Chart as well as on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. In addition to this, Florence + the Machine started the How Big Tour, which during their brief North American visit (they are here from October 9 until October 30) features a celebration of all of their songs as well as a few covers. In some occasions, Sean Lennon’s folk band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger will be opening. North American stops include: Austin, Texas (for their Austin City Limits Festival), Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, California, Vancouver, British Columbia, New Orleans, Portland, and Seattle.