Thursday’s rain matches Florence and Machine’s stormy vibe

Florence and the Machine headlines the Samsung stage and closes out the second weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 11, 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Florence and the Machine headlines the Samsung stage and closes out the second weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 11, 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Update 5 p.m.: Start time for Thursday’s show at the Austin360 Amphitheater has been pushed from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

Update 2:24 p.m.: Gate time for Thursday’s show at the Austin360 Amphitheater has been shifted back from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Opener Grimes is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The venue recommends fans bring their rain gear and notes that personal umbrellas are permitted in the venue.

Tonight’s concert by last year’s Austin City Limits closer Florence and the Machine at Austin360 Amphitheater is currently scheduled to go on as planned. “We are closely watching the weather status across the Austin-metro area however, and we will update as soon as possible if the status of tonight’s show may change,” representatives from promoter C3 Presents said this afternoon.

While the prospect of standing (or sitting) around in the rain for a concert never seems ideal, today’s weather actually matches the dominant energy of lead singer Florence Welch’s songwriting.  Her songs pulse with stormy energy, a backbeat of ocean waves crashing on rocky cliffs. When we talked to her before her ACL Fest performance last year, she said her father coined the term “bleak magic” to describe her sound.

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Last year, Welch’s closing set as Lollapalooza was cut short by a storm, but everyone who caught the 60 minute performance called it unforgettable. Rolling Stone magazine crowned her best of the fest.

Welch is a strong believer in ceremony and creating meaningful experiences at her shows. She often invites her fans to disrobe and at the Lollapalooza show she stripped off her own shirt and dashed through the crowd.

“I just think it’s kind of beautiful to see everyone feeling so in the moment … feeling free because it’s such freedom to me performing, and it’s about this sense of abandon,” she said.

Tonight’s Florence and the Machine show might end up being wet, but we expect the music to shine on through the rain.

 


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