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Interview: Florence + the Machine Talks Slaying Audiences, Even with a Broken Foot

By Scott T. Sterling

Sitting down with Florence + the Machine singer Florence Welch in her backstage trailer at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast, it’s the elephant in the room that cannot be ignored: the big, bulky boot wrapped around her foot, which was broken during an exuberant and triumphant set at the first weekend of this year’s Coachella festival.

“You know what’s been really interesting … in real life, it’s super annoying with the boot, but the performances, I was really worried about them, and actually, like, we had a load of smaller shows booked, we didn’t cancel them,” Welch explained. “But I think had I not injured myself I would’ve probably performed them with the same kind of, you know, energy I would’ve done at a bigger show Coachella and that kind of thing. But this injury and having to sit down, it kind of created this intimacy and connection with the audience that I hadn’t thought about.”

Related: Listen to Florence + the Machine’s New Song ‘Delilah’

Struggling to find the right words, the singer draws an analogy between the intimacy of the seated shows with the nature of her band’s recently released third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

“We did these shows stripped back and there was a kind of… it kind of forced me to interact with the audience in a different way and it stripped another layer of… because this record is so sort of exposing in a way to kind of be vulnerable it kind of made sense,” she said.

Read more about Florence + the Machine’s vulnerable new album and Missy Elliott’s influence on Radio.com

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