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Florence + the Machine to kick off Memorial Day weekend with metro Detroit appearance


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Florence + the Machine have announced a North American tour supporting their 2018 album High as Hope that includes a stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday, May 24.

The show comes almost three years since their last stop in Michigan — also at DTE — when the band toured in support of their 2016 album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

The soaring siren Florence Welch, whose voice is reminiscent of her idols Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, and Siouxsie Sioux, has enjoyed a successful career full of heartfelt ruminations, nostalgic hymns, and epic anthems. Her bands’ latest effort, High as Hope, followed suit, planting itself among “Best of 2018” lists from Rolling Stone and Billboard.

Keeping things fresh, Florence + the Machine released two stand-alone tracks just last month: “Moderation,” a bluesy stomp’n’clap jam with some modern Motown crooning, and a B-side of the opposite flavor, “Haunted House,” a subtle, delicate piano piece with ghostly vocals.

The tour also brings out some impressive openers, some who could very well headline their own large scale tours. Select dates feature Blood Orange, Perfume Genius, Christine And The Queens, or Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

The Detroit date will feature the electronic R&B and indie-funk stylings of Blood Orange, the musical moniker of Dev Hynes, who released his fourth album Negro Swan last year.

The week following their Detroit performance, Florence And The Machine will close out the famed Governor’s Ball festival in New York, so jump on the chance to see them during this hot streak. Their hit “Dog Days Are Over,” came out a decade ago, but the dog days of Florence + the Machine are in full swing this summer.
Mike Dionne is an editorial intern for Metro Times.

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