The UK invasion has begun! Ok, technically the British invasion in music was back in the 60’s with The Beatles and stuff, but it’s 2012 and it’s safe to say that it is “British Invasion” round 2. What with the success of Adele, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay and Florence + The Machine, the British music scene is everywhere and Florence has just announced her US tour dates.
The tour will kick off April 14, 2012 in Santa Barbara, make a pit stop later the month at Coachella, before wrapping up on May 12 in Atlantic City.
According to Florence Welch, this will be a no frills concert. No rings of fire (err Kanye West) no onstage lap dances (looking at you, Britney Spears) and no surprise cameos from people more famous than yourself (cough cough Taylor Swift).
“In a way, it’s not going to be too big a production; we’ve done a lot of quite extravagant stuff, and that’s been amazing, but for this tour, it’s definitely going to be about showcasing the music,” admits Welch.
“The songs are going to be the most important thing. It will be heavily based on the music…no bells and whistles just yet, we’re going to try and keep it quite pure.”
Her opening act is singer Dev Hynes, who actually was her bandmate when Florence + The Machine was first starting out.
“I used to be his backing singer,” admits Welch, “he took me on tour with him for one date, in Manchester. He was one of the first members of Florence and the Machine, he used to play guitar with me at all my first gigs.”
Full List of Florence + The Machine Tour Dates
April 14 — Santa Babara, CA (Santa Babara Bowl)
April 15 — Indio, CA (Coachella Festival)
April 17 — Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort)
April 18 — Davis, CA (Mondavi Center, UC Davis)
April 20 — Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theatre)
April 21 — Las Vegas, NV (The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas)
April 22 — Indio, CA (Coachella Festival)
April 27 — Minneapolis, MN (Hennepin Theatre)
April 28 — Milwaukee, WI (Eagles Ballroom)
April 29 — St. Louis, MO (Peabody Opera House)
May 1 — Dallas, TX (Palladium Ballroom)
May 2 — Houston, TX (Verizon Wireless Theatre)
May 3 — New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)
May 8 — New York, NY (Radio City Music Hall)
May 11 — Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
May 12 — Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center)