Florence Welch broke out of 'trance' before stage accident

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 September 2018
Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Florence Welch goes into a "trance state" for her concerts - and breaking her foot at Coachella was a result of her becoming "self-aware" again

Florence Welch broke her foot on stage because she came out of her "trance state".

The Florence + the Machine singer suffered the injury after jumping off the stage at Coachella in 2015 and has now explained she felt a sudden urge to get away from having all eyes on her after a fleeting moment of becoming "self-aware" that made her more "clunky" than usual.

She said: "I had suddenly become self-conscious. I'd just taken my shirt off in front of a bazillion people, and I realised that I'd done that. I remember thinking, 'Oh, my God, what the f**k?'

"When you're in the trance and you go with it, you're like, 'Everyone take your clothes off,' and you're with everybody. But in that act, I suddenly ... it's like the f***ing Adam and Eve thing: 'Oh, my God, I just realised that I took my top off in front of all these people. I'm not supposed to do that.

"I became self-aware for one second, and I was like, 'I have to get off this stage because all these people can see me.'

"So I threw myself off the stage, but in a self-conscious way that hurt me, because I'm back in the physical. It was like I suddenly became clunky.

"When you're in the almost out-of-body space, you're usually pretty safe because you're doing things in such a fluid way that you won't hurt yourself."

The 'Hunger' hitmaker also described how she enters a "trance" before each performance, listening to a regularly-updated playlist before zoning out and "giving [herself over] to the performance spirit".

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "Sometimes I'll put on something and listen to it over and over again.

"I have to start giving myself over to whatever it is that's in charge of performances – the performance spirit or whatever the f**k it is. I don't know, because it's not really me.

"It always feels like there's some sacred ground on the stage.

"It may be part of the performance itself, where you're at odds with yourself sometimes. But I wouldn't say all the time that I'm totally comfortable. It's almost in the anger at that and the pushing through and the sort of 'f**k you' to myself that the performance comes out."

Florence + the Machine

Big blustering vocalist with a fine line in stage gear and one of the most distinctive voices in pop.

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