Thursday, August 18, 2011

Florence and the Machine at the Festival Pier

One of the best moments in Philly this summer was seeing Florence and the Machine at the Festival Pier. The location is not in the best neighborhood (down the street from Philly's new casino), but the actual venue was surprisingly not terrible. It was small with decent acoustics for an outdoor venue, and it was right on the water with a great view of the bridge. I went with my friend Katie, and we ended up getting a great spot - the second row! We miss-read our tickets and thought the opening band came on at 7, but that was actually when the doors opened. So we were really early, but the upside of that was getting to be less than 20 feet from Florence. And Florence Welch is one artist who is totally worth seeing live and getting their early for. Her performance of her songs was very different than the recorded versions and, without a doubt, better. The CD doesn't do her voice justice. It has a range and intensity I didn't understand until that night. Plus her hippie-style dancing is just fun to watch. It was definitely one of the best concerts I've been to.

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