FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE1Mercury Music Prize nominee Florence and the Machine has announced two Irish dates this December when she will play the Ulster Hall in Belfast on Sunday 6 and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Monday 7 December. The Temper Trap will be special guests for both these shows. Tickets are on sale from this Friday, 11 September.

Florence is a mass of contradictions: she’s tough yet she’s terrified, a bundle of nerves and passion, of darkness and pure joy. As a performer she can seem fearless, but she’s also far too quick to pass judgement on herself. This is the woman, after all who got into Camberwell art college by making a huge floral sign telling herself ‘You are a twat.’ She says she’s a geek, who loses all control when in love. She’s also something increasingly rare and precious in a time of karaoke pop: an artist who has found her own, authentic voice.

Her soaring, epic vocals, quirky melodies and self-contained musical world have already won her the 2009 Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Some compare her to Kate Bush. You’ll also find touches of Tom Waits and Nick Cave in her dark visions, and if you heard a little of Bjork too, she’d find it a compliment. But mainly, Florence is out on her own: an exhilarating place to be, she points out, but also a little scary.

Her debut album ‘Lungs’ is made of harps, choirs, drums, elevator shafts, bits of metal, love, death, fireworks, string quartets, stamping, sighing, strange electronic wailing, lambs, lions, sick, broken glass, blood, moon, stars, drink, coffins, teeth, water, wedding dresses.. and the silences in between.

Sunday 6 December, Ulster Hall, Belfast – Tickets £21
Ulster Hall Box Office: 028 9033 4455
Online: www.ulsterhall.co.uk

Monday 7 December, Olympia Theatre, Dublin – Tickets €24.50
In person: from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
24hr hotlines: Tel: ( ROI ) 0818 719 300 / ( NI ) 0870 243 4455
Buy online: www.Ticketmaster.ie

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee
Tickets are on sale from this Friday, 11 September.
For more see: www.florenceandthemachine.com
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