V Festival 2010: Florence and the Machine review

MAYBE it was the fact the sun was going down and everyone was in a good place, or maybe it was just because she looked like she was enjoying it so much. But there’s no doubting Florence and the Machine was one of the standout performances on day one of Virgin Media’s V Festival.

Kicking off with Drumming Song, Florence Welch was once again a captivating stage presence from the outset, working the crowd and putting in so much energy into it that it was hard not to be swept along.

Her voice - incredibly strong throughout - soared as she delivered tracks from her award-winning Lungs album, including My Boy Builds Coffins and Kiss with a Fist.

This was the biggest crowd of the day so far on the 4Music stage, easily rivalling that of the Stereophonics who were playing on the V stage at the same time.

There was no doubting the highlight though, and it was clearly what most people had been waiting for. Florence dedicated You’ve Got the Love to Dizzee Rascal (who, incidentally, was at the festival living it up in the Virgin Media Lounder Lounge VIP area), and it received one of the biggest singalongs of the weekend so far.

Even treating the crowd to a new song, and then finishing with Dog Days, Florence left the crowd on a high.

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