Written by Emma Barnett

Florence Welch is back, and after a 4 year absence what will she and the machine create for us this time?


A new YouTube video was released on the 10th February, titled How Big How Blue How Beautiful. It displays Florence dancing with another body, which is also her, confirmed by the matching dress and tattoos.

This interpretive piece is under 3 minutes long, and a teaser of what we can expect to find in her new album. The lyrics ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ are repeated, surrounded by strings and trumpets.


This initial taster was shortly followed on the 12th February by another video What kind of man, concreting that the rumours of Florence’s return are true.

Florence and the Machine’s first album Lungs, released in 2009, was a hit at number 1, and in the charts for a total of 148 weeks. Following the success of that album, Ceremonials was soon to follow in 2011, also hitting number 1. The 4 year break from then to now left most fans wondering if there was more on the horizon for the singer.

Since the first YouTube released video for the new album, it has been confirmed that the record will be unleashed on 1st June, produced by Markus Dravs (previous Coldplay producer).

Along with the second music video, the tracklist for How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was finally released on the 12th February:

Ship To Wreck
What Kind Of Man
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen Of Peace
Various Storms & Saints
Long & Lost
Third Eye
St Jude

Florence and the band have announced that they will also be making festival appearances this year, confirming that there is more new music to come. As of Friday Radio 1 have announced that they will be at Radio 1’s Big Weekend this summer.

Performing on 9th December 2009 in our very own Engine Shed, The Linc reporter Stacey Cosens described the gig as ‘an awe inspiring show from the flame-haired vixen that has captured so many of us under her spell this year.’

Keep your ears tuned for more updates, and don’t forget to apply for Radio 1’s Big Weekend tickets!