Waiting for Florence
Last weekend saw me and the chap enjoy another adventure in Leeds when we attended the rescheduled Florence and the Machine gig, that we’d originally been due to attend back in November. Having waited so many years to see her live, I was gutted when she broke her foot a few days before last year’s concert. Thankfully, they didn’t wait too long to reschedule, and it came around soon enough.
I’d never been to the First Direct Arena in Leeds before. It’s a huge venue, and the concert was a sell out meaning, it was absolutely packed. Quite overwhelming really after the past couple of years, but also quite energising.
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I went to an actual concert. I’ve been to smaller more intimate performances in smaller local venues, as well as outdoor concerts, but a proper arena concert, I can’t cast my mind back. It was so uplifting and such an experience, definitely something I want to do lots more of. We arrived early. Not too early, but early enough to spend all of our money at the merchandise and hot food outlets (we hadn’t had any dinner before getting there, and to be honest the food at those outlets was pretty rank). I bought myself a fabulous tour t-shirt and the chap treated me to a Florence and the Machine hoodie. Both pricey, but lovely keepsakes of the night.
The concert itself was awe inspiring. Florence’s performance was everything that I hoped it would be. Energetic, ethereal and uplifting. The time flew by, and it was all over too soon. Definitely not one I will forget though.
We didn’t take too many photos, which I’m taking as a good sign that both me and the chap were so enthralled by the experience that we didn’t feel the need to constantly have our phones out. Or, maybe it was just because Florence told everyone to ‘Put their f&*king phones away and enjoy the experience’ quite early on in the night.
An amazing adventure that neither of us will forget in a hurry.