Florence Welch cancels UK tour after breaking foot on stage

Florence + the Machine singer took a tumble during a performance at the O2 Arena in London

Florence + the Machine has cancelled its tour after lead singer Florence Welch broke her foot on stage on Friday night.

Welch took a tumble during a performance at the O2 Arena in London, which was the first gig in England on the Dance Fever tour.

She finished the show and had been due to play the same venue again on Saturday, but on Saturday afternoon she told fans that she had broken her foot.

Her post on Instagram included a photo of what appeared to be blood on the stage. Welch told fans she hoped that the dates will be rescheduled for 2023.

She said: “I’m so sorry to say that after an X-ray it seems I was dancing on a broken foot last night.

“It is not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a UK tour, but I’m in pain and, as dancers know, dancing on an injury is not a good idea. And have been told not to perform to avoid further damage.

“Please hang on to your tickets. We are working our hardest to reschedule these dates for next year and we will let you know as soon as possible. I’m heartbroken as the Dance Fever tour has been my favourite show we have ever put on.

“I love you so much, and I’m so sorry to anyone who is disappointed. My heart is aching. I can’t wait to be back on my feet and back in your arms.”

Concerts in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin are among those that have been postponed. The tour was alongside her the album of the same name, which was released in May.

Florence + the Machine formed in 2007 and won the Critics Choice award at the Brit awards in 2009. They have been nominated for six Grammy awards, three Mercury prizes and headlined the Glastonbury festival in 2015.

The band’s albums Dance Fever, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Ceremonials and Lungs all topped the charts after their release.


Harry Taylor

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