Magic was in the air last night at Glastonbury. The Pyramid stage lit with so much glitter against an indigo sky, Flares and flags waving in the crowd and mythical diva Florence Welch seizing her superstar moment with celestial energy in a riotous carousal of joy. Stepping in at the last minute to headline in replacement of the Foo Fighters, Welch paid tribute to Dave Grohl, who's misfortune in the shape of a broken leg was the cause of her opportunity.

Covering the emotively rousing 'Times like these' in her typical, unearthly style, she created a hymn that could be embraced as an anthem to the euphoria of the festival and to the message of love she was preaching.

Florence and the Machine were made for stages such as this. Their big, melodic songs have the imagination and emotion to enliven the most vast of festival crowds and their leading lady the artistry to exalt the jubilation, turning festivity to ceremony and giving us that moment of spiritual connection to music we want to be emblematic in our memory of the weekend.

Florence did not hold back, rejoicing in every second she danced and cavorted like a warrior woman, a symbol of unabashed, feminine freedom every woman in the audience could share and rejoice in. When so few female fronted acts are represented on the main stages of our festivals, this performance should be influential, and it did not disappoint. With enthusiastic abandon, Welch joined her audience to commune with the adoring fans, borrowing the daisy crown of an ecstatic, red haired girl as she serenaded them with 'Rabbit Heart', grasping as many hands as she could before tearing off to bound around the stage again.

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The crowd was won. Welch's athletic wildness is a marvel considering she only recently recovered from breaking her ankle, a coincidental nod perhaps, to the fateful nature of her appearance.

Florence mostly performed tracks from their most recent album 'How Big How Blue How Beautiful' along with crowd pleasing favorites 'Shake it out' and 'You've got the love', and melancholic 'Cosmic love' before ending the set on the anthem of tribal gathering, 'Dog days are over'.

Welch sparkled in a vintage style silver suit that reflected the mesmerizing light show from the giant screen backdrop and burning flares in the audience. Then closing the show by whipping off her shirt in a final act of bohemian wildness and racing off the stage. If this was Florence and the Machine's chance to accomplish true glory at the festival that first featured them in a tea tent, they undoubtedly succeeded.

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