Friday, May 25, 2012

Only If For A Night: Florence and the Machine Sydney Entertainment Centre May 24 2012

'Please rise for the hymn'

And rise we did, for tonight we worshiped at the altar of Holy Mother Florence and the Reverend Machine. The lights dimmed, the stage was set and the opening notes of Only if For A Night twinkled out of the amps, infiltrating the (sold out) audience. And as Florence appeared, every jaw dropped in the room as she strode over to the microphone, swathed in a cape that seemed to have a life of it's own, adorned in a crystals and crushed velvet.
Florence Welch and her amazing cape.
Waiting for Florence and company to take the stage. Confronted  by a  rogue camera.

My sister has no patience. She too is waiting for the show to start. Also, those  are not her glasses

That voice. Oh my word. That perfect, rich voice rang throughout the arena, bewitching everyone that heard it. Not once did she falter. She might have lowered a note or two, running and jumping like some maniac posessed, but not once did it falter. It may have been the cold, but I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up at many times during the show.

From the dark (What the Water Gave Me) to the sublime (Cosmic Love), Florence breezed through the show, pausing only to give shout outs to fans who had sent presents and letters. Spectrum was played amongst a backdrop of disco balls and strobe lights- it reminded me of a comment I read somewhere online when Ceremonials had first come out, that Spectrum is the new age gay anthem. It fits to a tee, the anthemic mantra of 'say my name!/every colour illuminates' thrashed out to a sea of crazed fans dancing for their life.

And then there were life changers like 'the hymn' (You've Got The Love), Shake It Out and Dog Days are Over, where the audience felt like one, big happy family. Dancing, jumping up and down- it was admittedly hard not to.

Some random moments from the show include a 9 year old girl following Florence on stage and being overwhelming cute and full of chutzpah, a fight happening between drunk bogans in the row behind us during Heartlines and, happily, the distinct lack of cameras and phones in the audience.

The encore was a beautiful duality; the haunting Never Let Me Go and the thrilling No Light, No Light, bringing the show to a crashing crescendo, the drum beats pulsating through our bodies.

The changes between this new tour and Cosmic Love tour are evident; it's bigger, brighter and shinier but it's still Florence and the Machine. She was on fine form tonight, running all over the stage, incredibly chatty and livelier. I had my doubts about the move to a larger venue, I didn't think they could pull it off. So glad to say I'm wrong.

Art deco set.

Note the industrial sized fan, Mariah Carey could never.


Florence as a deity.

Strike a pose.

'God, grant me the ability to be a flawless ginger bitch'

9 year old Emily and her stage invasion post- Spectrum dance party. I take my hat off to her.

Lots of glowsticks in the crowd. Surprisingly


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 5 All Time Best Coldplay videos

In light of the recent announcement of Coldplay's imminent return to our fair shores for the Mylo Xylotour, I have taken it upon myself to unleash my inner fangirl and reveal my top 5 Coldplay videos OF ALL TIME (Kanye stylee). This is actually quite difficult for me so I've also included some honourable mentions.

5. Yellow- Parachutes (2000)
Iconic. Such a simple video but so effective. And to think the original brief was a beach party. Yes. You read that right. Fun fact: Chris is wearing about 1267 layers of clothing in this video. Plus an anorak.

4. The Scientist- A Rush of Blood To The Head (2002)
A story told in reverse. Genius. But not according to Simon Pegg who thinks it's a bit ridiculous for someone to go have a lie down in the middle of a street after a car accident. True story.

3. Viva la Vida (cover video)- Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
If only this were the official video *le sigh* Basically, Coldplay did two videos for Viva la Vida, with this one being a 'cover' video as it is a cover of Depeche Mode's video for 'Enjoy the Silence' (both filmed by Anton Corbijn). I just think the video fits the song so much more. What on earth does a wilting rose have to do with a king anyway? HMM HYPE WILLIAMS?!?!?

2. Lovers in Japan- Viva la Vida or Death and His Friends (2008)
Great video. Needs more Japan though.

1. Talk- X&Y (2005)
Extra points for a giant robot and the band's 'acting'.

Honourable Mentions
Strawberry Swing- Viva la Vida or Death and His Friends (2008)

Life in Technicolor pt II- Prospekt's March EP (2008)

The Hardest Part- X&Y (2005)

Paradise- Mylo Xyloto (2011)
Nappies....still waiting for a reunion
Anyone who disagrees with this list, come see me after class.