‘Queen Of Peace’
Single released September 11th
WATCH: The Odyssey Chapters 4 & 5:
‘Queen of Peace’ And ‘Long and Lost’
Praise for ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’:
**** The Times
**** Evening Standard
“a joyful return” 8/10 NME
“Florence’s finest hour of all” **** DIY
“Florence is clearly ready to soar once again” **** MOJO
Off the back of the global success of their third album, Florence + the Machine’s new single will be ‘Queen of Peace’ – released on September 7thahead of their huge UK headline tour.
Accompanying the release is The Odyssey Chpters 4 & 5. This ten-minute film, begins with new single ‘Queen of Peace’ and flows into album track ‘Long & Lost’. Shot on and around the Scottish isle of Easdale, this next installment film was made with frequent collaborator Vincent Haycock. Haycock has also directed the other films inspired by the songs on this most recent album making up chapters 1,2 & 3; ‘What Kind of Man’, ‘St Jude’ and ‘Ship to Wreck’.
Watch the film here
“We filmed ‘Queen of Peace’ and ‘Long & Lost’ in Scotland, one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to or filmed,” Haycock says of the video. “The coast of Scotland is breathtaking, beautiful and harsh, an aesthetic mix that both Florence and I have been very interested in during the making of these videos. The Scottish people are amazing and especially the town of Easdale, the small island that we lived on and filmed. We shot in the winter and it was cold, brutal and endlessly inspiring, which I think really helped the story of Florence’s struggle with her family, the younger innocence vs. the feuding violence of the men around her, etc. The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea. The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing, Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.”
Three weeks after her album was a global smash, Florence headlined Glastonbury’s pyramid stage, playing a massive set of which The Guardian said, “Florence Welch doesn’t so much seize the opportunity as grab it by the throat and wrestle it to the ground,” and the Telegraph praised, “It takes an extraordinary artist to make more sense headlining a huge magical old festival than all the clubs, theatres and arenas that brought her here. This was surely her superstar moment, the point where Florence Welch stops being British pop’s lady in waiting and takes her place with the big boys and girls…This was pop music of the highest order”
‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ debuted at #1 in the UK this June and has since sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. It also marked Florence’s first U.S. #1 album – seven years to the day from the release of their debut single. With three albums in seven years to their name – all reaching #1 in the UK.
In September, Florence + the Machine take to the road for their first full UK headline tour in three years. Kicking off in Belfast on the 9th, the tour will culminate with 4 shows at London’s Alexandra Palace. See full dates below.
UK HEADLINE TOUR
09/09 Odyssey, Belfast
10/09 3 Arena, Dublin
12/09 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
14/09 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
15/09 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17/09 Capital Arena, Nottingham
18/09 Arena, Manchester
19/09 Genting Arena, Birmingham
21/09 Alexandra Palace, London
22/09 Alexandra Palace, London
24/09 Alexandra Palace, London
25/09 Alexandra Palace, London