What happens when your dreams come true? Florence Welch’s response to the massive, world-wide success of Florence + the Machine’s extraordinary debut album Lungs in 2009 and the equally huge follow-up Ceremonials in 2011 was fairly predictable: she worked hard, she toured hard, and she partied even harder. And then it all cracked. Her third album was more restrained and pared-back. Released in 2015 and following her previous two albums straight to the top of the charts, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is a gorgeous album about heartbreak, neediness and longing. The newest High As Hope, out since June 2018, is an album made by an artist who now feels far more certain about what she can do. In contrast to the previous album, this one came easily, naturally, with songs arriving in a rush, often almost fully formed. It marks a new chapter, the beginning of a far longer journey for Florence Welch. In March 2019, the High As Hope Tour brings Florence + the Machine to a sold out Sportpaleis in Antwerp. Next summer she makes a highly anticipated return to Rock Werchter because when Florence runs barefoot onto the stage, magic happens.