Florence + The Machine have postponed the rest of their UK tour after Florence Welch broke her foot.
In a statement posted to Instagram, Welch revealed that she unknowingly played last night’s (18 November) show at the O2 in London with the fracture, and the break was confirmed this morning after a x-ray.
She shared her disappointment with the new position and revealed that the shows – which were due to continue tonight with a second concert in London and last until the end of the month – are being postponed until 2023.
Welch wrote: “I’m so sorry to say that after an x-ray it looks like I danced on a broken foot last night. It’s not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a tour. in the UK but I’m in pain and as dancers know dancing over an injury is not a good idea and they were told not to perform to avoid further damage.
She added: “I’m heartbroken because the Dance Fever tour was my favorite show we’ve ever performed. Fellowship with you. Your beautiful faces are shining.
“I love you so much, and I’m so sorry to anyone who’s disappointed. My heart hurts. I can’t wait to be back on my feet and in your arms again.
See the full list of Welch’s postponed UK and Irish tour dates below. The shows come on the back of his new album “Dance Fever”, and follow a North American tour that took place this summer. The tour will then to Australia and New Zealand early 2023.
A new 24-track live album, recorded at the band’s massive Madison Square Garden gig in New York in September, was released last month, with Welch saying, “For an album that was so about the performance, the owning of it, the love-hate relationship with life on the road. And the heartbreak that followed when I thought it might never happen again. Coming out to perform these songs was the most amazing experience. The connection with the audience and the catharsis is on a level I’ve never experienced before.
“Maybe it’s because we missed it so much. But people bring so much of themselves to these concerts that I wanted to have a memory of ‘Dance Fever’ live. Like a testament to that era, and a full loop moment. For an album so much about the loss of live music. Having a return record means so much to me.
19 – The O2, London
21 – BIC, Bournemouth
22 – AO Arena, Manchester
24 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
25 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
27 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
28 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
30 – Arena, Dublin