Florence + The Machine are on the cover of the new issue of Q, as their leader Florence Welch talks candidly about the highs and lows that have accompanied their latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
That, of course, included stepping in to headline this year’s Glastonbury Festival after Foo Fighters were forced to pull out when Dave Grohl broke his leg.
Recalling her moment on the Pyramid Stage, Florence tells Q’s Ted Kessler: “It was a big moment for me, but Glastonbury is full of big moments for everyone. Everyone is having their own Glastonbury experience…. You just have to give in to the place. It’s not about you.”
Along with thrilled field full of festival goers – plus plenty more fans watching at home – Welch also reveals that during a post gig DJ set at the festival's Park Stage she made yet another person’s Glastonbury, despite only having a single CD to pick songs from.
“Rio Ferdinand was there and every time we put a song on he’d turn around [big double thumbs-up] shouting, ‘Tune’!” she laughs. “It was the best thing we could’ve done [after headlining] to come down gradually.”
Get the new issue of Q, out now in print and on digital, for the full, exclusive interview with Florence.
Meanwhile Florence + The Machine are nominated for this year’s Q Awards In Association With Absolute Radio. You can vote for them in Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio, Q Best Video and Q Best Album presented by JBL.