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Florence + The Machine detail intimate UK tour dates

The trio of shows will see the band debuting new music from upcoming album 'Dance Fever'

By Will Richards

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Florence + The Machine are set to preview their new album at a trio of intimate UK headline shows next month – get details below.

The Florence Welch-fronted band are set to release fifth album ‘Dance Fever’ in May, and promise to premiere new music from it at the gigs in Newcastle, Blackburn and London.

The short tour will begin on April 15 at the O2 City Hall in Newcastle, before gigs at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn (16) and London’s Theatre Royal (19) follow.

According to a statement, the gigs promise that the band “will play music from the new album for the first time, along with some favourites from previous albums.”

Tickets for Florence + The Machine‘s UK shows will be available on pre-sale for those who order ‘Dance Fever’ here by 8pm GMT tonight (March 15), with a general sale following on Thursday (March 17) at 9am local time here.

£1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Choose Love’s relief efforts for refugees around the globe.

The forthcoming LP will be the band’s first record since ‘High As Hope’, their fourth album which arrived in June 2018.

So far, it’s been previewed by three tracks – the typically epic ‘King’, the stormy ‘Heaven Is Here’ and latest preview ‘My Love’, all of which have come with their own official videos.

All three of the videos released from ‘Dance Fever’ to date have been directed by veteran music photographer Autumn de Wilde, who made her feature film debut in 2020 with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ that starred Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role. The new album was largely recorded in London, and was produced by Welch in conjunction with Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley.

Discussing comeback single ‘King’ and the forthcoming album’s themes, Welch said: “As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much. I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time.

“But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future…I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires. That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts.”