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Florence + The Machine to play ‘Lungs’ in full at BBC Proms show

She'll be backed by a full orchestra for her only UK show of 2024.

By Nick Reilly

Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK
Florence Welch poses for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Ruth Ossai).

Florence + The Machine are set to play their debut album Lungs in full at a special BBC Proms show in London later this year.

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The group will debut at the BBC Proms for the show on Wednesday September 11 – backed by a whole orchestra – marking Welch and co’s only UK show of the year.

Confirming the gig in a new interview with British Vogue, she said: “When [the invitation] came in, they were like, ‘We know you’re off, but would you…?’ and I was like, ‘Yes!’ “

The gig, described as “Florence + The Machine – Symphony Of Lungs” – has also caused the singer to spark a hunt for “old medieval English instruments” that she can use for the show.

“I’m so honoured,” Welch continued. “The background to life in my house is classical music, and especially the more obscure things. So it’s a really exciting thing to be asked to do – the Proms is just so special.”

Welch’s acclaimed debut album was released in 2009 and feature singles such as ‘Dog Days Are Over’, ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’, ‘Cosmic Love’ and ‘You’ve Got The Love’.

A listing on the Royal Albert Hall website states: “For her Proms debut, [Welch] joins Jules Buckley and his Orchestra for a celebration of ‘Lungs’, and of the compelling poetry and music of this singular artist in whom the darkly gothic meets all that glistens.”

Tickets go on sale at 9am BST on Saturday May 18 and fans can access them here.

The concert will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and aired on BBC Radio 1.