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Florence + the Machine confirm very special NY + LA shows this spring

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
TO PLAY INTIMATE NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES SHOWS THIS SPRING
NEW LP DANCE FEVER OUT MAY 13

March 16, 2022—In anticipation of the release of their new album Dance Fever, Florence + the Machine will play two very special, intimate shows this spring: April 29 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theatre and May 6 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday, March 18—fans can get them here for Los Angeles and here for New York. One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit charity—proceeds from the L.A. show will go to the Los Angeles Community Action Network, and in New York to Women In Need.

Dance Fever, the fifth album from Florence Welch, is set for release May 13. Thus far, she has shared three songs, “My Love,” “King” and “Heaven is Here,” all of which arrived alongside videos by the acclaimed director Autumn de Wilde with choreography by Ryan Heffington. Pre-order/pre-save the album here.

Dance Fever was recorded in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. It conjures up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown—clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness—and the hope of reunions to come.

Just before the pandemic Florence had become fascinated by choreomania, a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people—sometimes thousands—danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death. The imagery resonated with Florence, who had been touring nonstop for more than a decade, and in lockdown felt oddly prescient.

The image and concept of dance, and choreomania, remained central as Florence wove her own experiences of dance—a discipline she turned to in the early days of sobriety—with the folkloric elements of a moral panic from the Middle Ages. In recent times of torpor and confinement, dance offered propulsion, energy and a way of looking at music more choreographically.

Starting, as ever, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived to New York in March 2020 to begin recording when Covid-19 forced a retreat to London. Holed up at home, the songs began to transform, with nods to dance, folk, ‘70s Iggy Pop, longing-for-the-road folk tracks a la Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris and more, ultimately arriving somewhere that Florence describes as “Nick Cave at the club.” Lyrically, she took inspiration from the tragic heroines of pre-Raphaelite art, the gothic fiction of Carmen Maria Machado and Julia Armfield, the visceral wave of folk horror film from The Wicker Man and The Witch to Midsommar.

Dance Fever is an album that sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculinity and femininity, redemption and celebration.

Dance Fever was produced by Florence, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals.

The Mission of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) is to help people dealing with poverty create and discover opportunities, while serving as a vehicle to ensure we have voice, power and opinion in the decisions that are directly affecting us. LA CAN’s constituency consists of extremely low-income and homeless people, primarily those living in Downtown LA and South-Central LA.

Women In Need, Inc. (WIN) provides safe, clean shelter and critical services and programs to 10% of the homeless families in NYC. They help homeless families by providing holistic solutions of safe housing, critical services, and support systems they need to succeed on their own. They run 14 shelters and over 400 supportive housing units across NYC.

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