Brit favourite Florence & the Machine performed for three spectacular nights at Ally Pally and what dramatic occasions these three performances proved to be for the. Quite literally Florence Welch was “shining” from start to finish, from her barefoot entrance through the spectacular art deco styled mirror cum screen to the magical glitter ball effects of her final encore.
This was truly a memorable gig to be part of. For those who couldn’t, it was broadcast on BBC Radio 6 live-to-air in its entirety, part of a week of exciting live music by Radio 6 Music in celebration of its tenth anniversary. BBC Radio 2 also broadcast performance highlights on In Concert.
A 10,000 strong audience attended each night and Florence declared her love for the Ally Pally fans on air. They had queued from early morning to get close to the front to see their idol perform, creating a true festival vibe, something for which Ally Pally live music events are becoming renowned. The Festival Village in the West Hall had everything to enhance that atmosphere, with entertaining features such as the Megabooth Taxis, providing a unique photo opportunity and the quirky “Puncture Kit” bike percussion act. All that topped up with great catering and bar options.
The beautiful art deco set for the show perfectly reflected the Ally Pally Great Hall décor and added to the drama of the performance. Joined on stage by the “Machine” consisting of a backing choir, strings, guitar, drums, piano and harp Florence wore a beautiful vintage style design cape by Alex Noble, creator of some of Lady Gaga’s most dramatic creations.
Main support for the gig was The Horrors, with Florence adding to the festival like experience by joining them on stage for a surprise collaboration.
There was definitely a lot of love for when Florence visited your Ally Pally.
According to the Independent, “A voice so big deserves a grand home and the Victorian main hall here – big enough for the world’s elite dart artistes – is a fitting home.”