Last night i went to a gig in Manchester Academy 3 to watch I Blame Coco, I turned up a bit late as i wasn't feeling well and didn't fancy waiting to see her for ages. I saw a couple of numbers from her support band Kyla La Grange who were pretty good and worth keeping an hear out for their single they are said to be releasing early next year.
I had seen Coco perform solo at this years Radio 1's big weekend with the amazing Subfocus and also at Leeds festival this year with the rest of her band, but this time she seem completely overwhelmed by the music and the response of her fans in the crowd. Academy 3 is one of the smallest venues in Manchester and the price of the ticket was only £7 ( A Bargain!) It was the perfect gig. I love it when a band is small and the fans are true fans who know the music well and are keen to see a glimpse of the artist they listen to, I tend to begin to resent them when they sell out and start making songs for the mainstream audience and start to get fans that go to the gig just go get hammered and you end up getting beer in your hair and stood next to the idiot who keeps hitting you in the head while he dances around.
Unfortunately this happened to be with Florence and the Machine, i first saw them supporting Pete Dougherty in The Manchester Academy and loved them instantly. I then followed them online and saw her two years running in Leeds festival in the smallest tents there. She was also at a Diesel party in the London Club Matter and made sure that i was at the front. Her first single 'A Kiss With A Fist' barely made the radar. Then Radio one made her song 'Rabbit Heart' a huge success. Florence Welch then went on to sing 'You got the Love' (an obvious crowd pleaser) and then she sang with Dizzie Rascal which is the sign of selling out for the money and name in the papers over producing music that her original fans loved. I then went on to see her for the last time and Leeds 2009 in the NME tent, it was packed to the rafters and i had made sure i was there through the act before her to secure my self a good view of her near the front, sadly the fans were no longer the original Florence lovers who fell for her unusual voice and striking lyrics they were there to start a fight and try and get on the big screens either side of the stage. This was the end of my love affair with Florence.....I apologise for going off point (Rant over)
I love her boyish style, she stepped out on stage in a pair of straight legged grey trousers with a Vintage style shirt tucked in (buttoned all the way up obviously) and a small tartan dicky bow, also a grey scarf hung around her shoulders. It was difficult to get a photo of her as she was constantly dancing around and reaching out to fans. I really hope she makes a huge success of her musical talents and can keep from being referred to and 'Stings Daughter'. I found her setlist online and i hope you try and find the time to listen to it.
P.S Remember real music fans look out for one another.
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