Rob Da Bank has always been a big fan of the gorgeous Florence Welch, so it seemed fitting the flame-haired powerhouse would be on the cards to headline Bestival sooner or later.
Now one of the biggest selling British artists, Florence still seemed hugely excited to be headlining the Friday night of Bestival 2012. Getting into the 'Wildlife' theme in a flowing green dress with ivy in her hair, the singer burst onto the stage with 'Only If For a Night', accompanied by onstage choir, orchestra and even a few church bells.
Running around the stage like an excitable child for the entire hour-and-a-half long set, it was tiring just to watch her unrelenting energy. Her vocals somehow coped with all the running around too as she continued to belt out her unfaltering alto voice.
Much of the set focused on her new album, but the Bestival crowd were of course treated to all the Florence classics, including 'Drumming Song' and her amazing cover of 'You've Got the Love', which was apparently first decided on as a cover for the festival when Florence was playing a small tent. During 'Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)', Florence encouraged as many people as possible to be 'raised up' onto people's shoulders, saying it was the moment for a spot of human sacrifice...
Bestival's magical atmosphere really does seep through to the acts that play. You could feel the crowd being genuinely uplifted by Florence's rousing music as the set went on. By the encore, everyone watching at the main stage was totally absorbed, dancing and singing as Florence left on a high with the huge sing-along, 'Dog Days Are Over'. The crowd certainly had the love for Florence and the Machine on the first full night of Bestival 2012.
Florence and the Machine's Bestival 2012 setlist:
'Only If for a Night'
'What the Water Gave Me'
'All This And Heaven Too'
'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'
'Lover to Lover'
'You've Got The Love'
'Shake It Out'
'No Light, No Light'
'Spectrum (Say My Name)'
'Never Let Me Go'
'Take Care' (Drake cover, dedicated to The xx)
'Dog Days Are Over'