Monday, August 23, 2010

Florence and the Machine @ Ruisrock - July 11, 2010

Back in July Minna and I spent a wonderful day at Ruisrock in Turku, which is one of the biggest rock festivals in Finland. I've never been too fond of festivals because I, quitely simply, prefer smaller, more intimate shows. But we decided to go because of one reason in particular: Florence and the Machine. After seeing Florence perform at Tavastia in Helsinki in March, we came to the conclusion that her Ruisrock show was not one to miss!

The day in July was particularly hot with temperatures going well over 30c. It wasn't so bad once we actually got to the festival area but the walk there and especially the two hour drive in a car with no AC was.... Well, not so fun. We came fully armed with hats, hair scarves and plenty of sunscreen to protect us from the sun. The day was beautiful and it was wonderful to spend the day in the sun, right by the sea and in good company. The festival area is seaside, which makes it quite unique and made the temperature a lot less humid.

We spent most of the day walking around the festival area, sitting down, enjoying the day and listening to much, of course. Some of the bands we saw include Anti-flag, Flogging Molly, Belle & Sebastian and Midlake, none of them of particular interest to us but it was fun just to sit back in the grass and listen. Besides Florence, the only show we fully watched was by Chisu, a Finnish artist that we quite enjoy. The only other artist that we would have loved to see was Regina Spektor but since she was playing on the other side of the festival area and right before Florence, we decided to skip her show for good spots at Florence since she is why we actually traveled to Ruisrock for. So, once Midlike finished their set and the crowd started moving away, we ran to the front row and got our spots right in front of Florence. Pretty amazing! While the band was soundchecking, Florence and Isabella came out a couple of times. Sonata Arctica, a Finnish metal band, was playing on the stage nearby and Florence seemed to be quite taken by them. She watched the show for quite some time and did a bit of dancing and headbanging. We waved at her and she smiled and waved back. In the beginning of the Florence and the Machine show, we were holding a nifty "We ♥ Florence + the Machine" sign and when Florence saw that, she smiled and waved at us again. She's so darling! :)

Florence and the Machine was incredible once again! With only 10 songs the set was shorter than at Tavastia, which obviously was to be expected from a festival gig, but I felt that in comparison the crowd was a lot more enthusiatic this time. A lot of people were singing along, screaming, jumping up and down whilst at Tavastia it felt like a lot of people weren't even familiar with her music. The atmosphere was a lot of fun. Not as intense and intimate as in March but surely equally fun. We were really excited when Florence performed "Heavy in Your Arms", a new song that has quickly become one of my favorites. It sounded INCREDIBLE live! When I think of a perfect summer day, I think of looking back from the front row and seeing all of the happy and smiley people singing along to Florence on beautiful evening in the middle of a nature reserve with the sun setting, right by the sea.

"My Boy Builds Coffins"
"Between Two Lungs"
"Drumming Song"
"Heavy in Your Arms"
"Cosmic Love"
"You've Got the Love"
"Dogs Days Are Over"
"Kiss with a Fist"
"Rabbit Heart"


  1. ahh, i want to see Florence live so badly! I'm glad you had fun!

  2. The pic of Flo climbing the thing is so cute! I love her!

  3. Kendra - I hope you'll get to see Florence one day! She's quite simply incredible live... That voice!

    Mycah - Yes! It was so funny, she began climbing but it was like she then came to her senses and stopped climbing when she realized that the thing was rather shaky, lol.