Indie icon and collective mother to all alternative music heads Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine) is in the midst of a very busy summer. One year after the singer and songwriter dropped her acclaimed (and one of NYLON’s best records of 2022) fifth studio album Dance Fever, she’s still on the road, in the thick of touring the project all across Europe while also picking up a smattering of headlining festival appearances in between.
Most recently, on the evening of June 20, she found herself on the sandy beaches of Cannes, France for a sunset performance at Spotify Beach, the streaming platform’s music and art extravaganza of sorts during the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. (And where she personally divulged that her favorite Spotify playlist is the alternative music lover’s haven, The Other List.) Dressed in a crimson lace gown and running barefoot on stage, Welch delivered the night’s show-stopping act after an equally star-studded lineup of her peers including Jack Harlow, will.i.am (as a DJ) and South African amapiano sensation Uncle Waffles.
Below, from Spotify Beach in Cannes, Welch also took on the NYLON 19. Read on as she shares memories of her first concert, her go-to sad song, her favorite pair of witchy boots, and more.