The Gig: Florence and The Machine
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada
When: 2 August 2012
In One Word: Gold
“Well it is the Olympics! I’m going for the Cross Country!” proclaimed an exuberant Florence Welch after she had sprinted mid-song down from the stage and ran around the middle level of the Molson Amphitheatre.
They don’t hand out Olympic medals for singing, but if they did then Florence Welch would have got gold for her performance at this sold-out show in Toronto. I’d fancy Florence for a medal in the 400 metre Rock Stadium Dash event too.
Florence and The Machine have established themselves as the preeminent female-led British band of our generation, and tonight’s performance was delivered with all the aplomb you’d expect from a group of such world renown. It was ladies night at the amphitheatre, with the girls being the most raucous and least-reserved in their support; but one young guy called Eric was not so reserved and was picked out by Florence for expressing himself exceptionally – his reward was some one on one time with pianist Machine band member Isabella Summers, who came down from the stage to greet him. In other moments Florence interacted with various members of the crowd individually, and collectively there was very much a true bond between an artist and her fans.
Florence started the show with her arms wide open, extending herself to her audience as her voice reverberated around the amphitheatre, and then in turn the crowd returned the embrace by clapping, dancing and singing for the duration of what was an uplifting concert and an impeccable performance.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
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