Florence + The Machine // Of Monsters and Men

Last night, June 4th, I experienced probably the best performance of my life. I was graced with the presence of Florence Welch and Of Monsters and Men. I've been to quite a number of shows, and last night was exceptionally amazing. Three hours away from where I live, the show took place in a woodsy area under a big outdoor wooden amphitheater. My husband and I drove the way listening to  music and talking about how excited we were. I had purchased tickets back in February once I saw that Florence was going to be coming to the area. I saw on the website that Of Monsters and Men would be opening for her and I was even more excited.

Backstory. I discovered Florence + The Machine, I want to say, in 2010? Maybe 2011. The first song I listened to was Cosmic Love, and to this day, it's still one of my favorites by her. I was immediately drawn to her voice, the instruments, and overall just the sound. I want to say that Lungs is my favorite album, but if I'm being completely honest, every one of her albums are completely extraordinary. Her lyrics are pure poetry and she writes them herself. She radiates with beauty and she's so unique. Aside from her music, I think that's what I love about her the most: her uniqueness. 

I didn't discover Of Monsters and Men until like 2012 when I heard their song Little Talks. I could really appreciate the "indie-folk" sound they had. They're an English-language folk band from Iceland and I love their accents. There are so many band members and they are such cool people. They would definitely make my top ten favorite bands list ...if I had a list.

The show started at 7:30 PM. It was pouring outside, but luckily we had tickets for seating under the amphitheater so the rain didn't bother us. OFMAM opened up with Thousand Eyes and they did an amazing job. They really brought the energy of the concert up. They played for about hour and then there was a 40 minute intermission. The entire crowd went crazy as soon as Florence stepped on stage. I say it was amazing, but it really, truly was. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to bring cameras so my phone quality was the best I was going to get. And as much as I tried to just leave my phone alone and enjoy the show, I had to get at least some pictures. I mean come on, this was Florence Welch we are talking about, and for me that's a big deal. The entire day I was really hoping she would play Cosmic Love as it was my first favorite song and it meant a great deal to me... and she did! I was so, so, so happy. Gosh. I love her. 

Of Monsters and Men setlist:  
Thousand Eyes  
King and Lionhearted  
Mountain Sound  
I of the Storm  
Dirty Paws                          
Wolves Without Teeth                                                       
Little Talks                                                                        
Six Weeks  

Florence + The Machine setlist:
What The Water Gave Me
Ship To Wreck
Bird Song Intro
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Shake It Out
Sweet Nothing
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Cosmic Love (Acoustic)
Various Storms & Saints
Queen Of Peace
You've Got The Love
Dog Days Are Over
Encore: What Kind of Man
Encore: Drumming Song

We ended up leaving after the song, Mother, because we both knew that it was going to be a complete mess trying to leave with all the traffic so we wanted to beat the crowd. Apparently quite a few others had the same idea so it was still a bit of a zoo trying to leave. As much as I REALLY didn't want to leave early, I knew we were better off doing so. As we were walking up the big hill and down the long road back to the parking lot, it rained and it poured and poured so more, and our tiny umbrella left us both getting wet. Oh, but it was worth it though. Queen of Peace is one of my favorite songs off the new album and we were able to listen to it while walking back to the car. Looking at the setlist online today, I didn't realize there were so many songs left and now I'm kind of sad we did leave early. I know that won't be the last time I'll see her though. As long as she tours America again, I'll be attending another show. 

1 comment

  1. Great post! I'm really glad you got to see her, and that you had such a blast!


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