This Day In Rock. Florence + The Machine
Florence Leontine Mary Welch was born in Camberwell, London on 28 August 1986.
According to Florence, the "Florence + the Machine" as a band name "started off as a private joke that got out of hand. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine, to which I was Florence Robot. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didn't have a name, so I thought 'Okay, I'll be Florence Robot/Isa Machine', before realising that name was so long it'd drive me mad".
During an interview, Welch cited Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) as her influence and "hero".
Welch has stated she is an avid reader, and has been influenced by authors such as Gwendoline Riley, Kirsten Reed and David Vann. She actively participates in a fan run book club, 'Between Two Books'. Every few months, she will recommend a book to the club which they will read collectively. She enjoys poetry, and has mentioned that the poet Ted Hughes was a big influence on her first album, 'Lungs'.
‘Lungs’, Florence + the Machine debut album won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010.
Florence and The Machine - Ship To Wreck (live Lollapalooza 2016, Brazil)