On the 17th of November 2018, I got to see my favorite band of all time live and this is the story of that. I’ve been listening to Florence and the Machine for about 2ish years or so and through all that time I have always felt so understood by the lyrics and have completely fallen in love with Florence Welch (who can blame me, honestly??).
So when I saw that Florence + the Machine were coming to Scotland, I went into action. I pre-ordered the album on vinyl (which I would’ve gotten anyway) in order to have access to the pre-sale for the tickets and then stressed out so much about what tickets to get that I ended up having to sit pretty far away from the stage because the rest was sold out so quickly.
The concert was in Glasgow and I live in Musselburgh, so my original plan was to travel back home during the night by train. However, after thinking about that again, I decided it would be way less stressful to get a hotel room. I stayed at the Campanile, which was pretty much right next to SSE Hydro (the place of the concert) and I would highly recommend it for a one-night stay after a concert.
The day of, I traveled to Glasgow Central by train. Because I did not want to spend a lot of money on food, I got some snacks at M&S at Waverley in the morning. After an emergency lunch (my salad container opened in my bag) I went off to explore Glasgow around the Central station for a bit before heading to my hotel. I had been to Glasgow before (during my roundtrip with my family) and was carrying two heavy bags, so my exploration of the city was pretty minimal haha.
I checked in 4 hours before the doors opened and honestly, I was really board. The campanile only offers free wi-fi for 20 minutes, so I couldn’t really work on any uni stuff or watch online videos, so I resorted to trashy TV, Reading and doing my makeup properly for the first time in weeks. I also had a really nice view of the sunset over the river :).
At 5:30, one hour before doors opened, I made my way to the Hydro and joined the relatively short queue, which got a lot longer until 6:30. Once I got in, since I had an assigned seat, I had lots of time to kill, so I got some fries, some merch and some water.
The opening act was a band called WET and they were SO good and really matched the whole FtM vibe.
Then Florence came on and OMG. Even though I was so far away from the stage, I felt really connected to her and the band judging by their reactions, I think the people around me felt the same way. I danced, jumped, sang my heart out and held a stranger’s hand. In all honesty, it was quite a spiritual experience and I know I have to see Florence again at some point in my life. She doesn’t need fancy stage design or crazy costumes in order to captivate a huge venue and that is so so impressive to me.
After the show, I headed back to my room, where I did not get a lot of sleep due to an early train and a cold I was battling (my cough got a lot worse during the concert hahah).
The next morning, I got a nice breakfast at the hotel (which made me feel a lot more awake than I was before) and then headed back home.
All in all, the concert was absolutely magical and if you ever get the chance to see Florence + the Machine live, I highly encourage you to do it.
You won’t regret it.