With her platinum selling album Lungs, the biggest UK debut album of the year to date under her belt, Florence and the Machine release a cover of Candi Stanton’s ‘You’ve Got The love’; to round off what has been an exceptional 2009.
The cover was showcased at this year's summer festival shows and has lead to over 50,000 downloads of the single being plucked from the album already; refusing to leave the singles chart since the album was released in early July. Remixes of the disco cover come courtesy of Tom Middleton and The XX.
Florence recently completed a fully sold out UK tour of Lungs which culminated in 3 sold out Shepherds Bush Empire dates in London on September 27, 28 and 29. In addition to this, a December tour had been announced which in turn completely sold out in under thirty minutes; including a massive two nights at Brixton Academy. Florence is due to headline the venue less than a year since opening there for the NME Tour at the beginning of the year.
Florence and the Machine burst onto the London scene playing a handful of gigs in and around London for the likes of The Lock Tavern, Blue Flowers and Filthy Few last year. Florence and the Machine are managed by Mairead Nash who is one half of the DJ outfit Queens of Noize. Nash decided to manage the group when at one of Nash's club nights an inebriated Florence dragged Nash into the toilets and sang an Etta James song to her.
Florence and The Machine's music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC who played a large part in Florence and The Machine's rise to prominence by promoting her as part of BBC Introducing. This led to her playing a number of music festivals in 2008, including Glastonbury as well as Reading and Leeds and T in the Park. She won a Brit award earlier this year for Critic’s Choice.