Florence and the Machine Release US Tour Dates
Florence and the Machine have announced their first proper U.S. tour in support of their most recent album, Ceremonials. Taking place over a month this spring, the tour will begin on April 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and run through May 12 when it closes out in Atlantic City, N.J. In between those two dates, the band will play 14 shows in cities across America like Reno, Nev.; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; St. Louis and New York. On April 22 the band will play the Coachella Festival in Indio, Calif., and a New Orleans show on May 3 will be part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Florence Welch, namesake of the band and lead singer, told MTV News that fans can expect fairly stripped down shows on this tour.
“In a way, it’s not going to be too big a production,” the English songwriter told MTV News. “We’ve done a lot of quite extravagant stuff, and that’s been amazing, but for this tour, it’s definitely going to be about showcasing the music. The songs are going to be the most important thing. It will be heavily based on the music … no bells and whistles just yet we’re going to try to keep it quite pure.”
Dev Hynes, who has previously performed under the moniker Lightspeed Champion and is currently going by Blood Orange, will open all shows.
Ceremonials was released in October 2011, and though the band performed some radio dates in the U.S. last year, this your will be the first time they’ve performed a proper American tour for the record. The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and took the number one spots on both the Billboard Rock and Alternative albums chart. The band currently is touring in South America, and will play one date in Japan and then a European tour before coming to America.