the-odyssey-florence--the-machine-still-1461603362-article-0FLORENCE WELCH AND VINCENT HAYCOCK UNVEIL SHORT FILM: THE ODYSSEY




“This is the finale of a very personal project that came from a conversation me and Vince had in the Chateau Marmont about a year and a half ago while I was writingHow Big How Blue How Beautiful,” says Florence Welch. “I was talking to him about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through. The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full.

We would re-claim this experience, re-imagine it and in some way perhaps I would come to understand it, to exorcise it. And so the Big Blue Odyssey began…”

Following its premiere streaming in full Sunday, Florence Welch and director Vincent Haycock debut their short film The Odyssey today exclusively on In addition, the film’s final chapter premieres today, watch it here.

The Odyssey, created for Florence + the Machine’s new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful and starring Florence, premiered last week at London’s Rio Cinema and will screen in New York in May. A Q&A with Welch and Haycock will follow the screening.

The Odyssey unites each of the visual film segments created for How Big How Blue How Beautiful—“What Kind Of Man,” “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” “St. Jude,” “Ship To Wreck,” “Queen Of Peace” and “Delilah,” as well as the final installment for “Third Eye”—into a 40-minute, cohesive short film complete with new, connecting scenes.

Florence and Vincent answered fan questions in a Facebook Q&A following Sunday’s debut, hosted by celebrated music director A.G. Rojas, Haycock’s partner in art collective MAINLINE—watch it here.

The Odyssey, like the epic poem by Homer, is a journey,” says Haycock. “It’s Florence’s personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak. Like the layers of Dante’s purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. Its a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover.”

Following a gigantic 2015, which saw the release of How Big How Blue How Beautiful, her first U.S. #1 album, Florence will tour with support from Grimes and Of Monsters And Men this summer. Dates include Brooklyn’s Barclays Center June 14 and 15, Chicago’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheater June 12, Boston’s Xfinity Center June 7 and many more. The tour kicks off May 13 in Miami.


*with Anderson .Paak
†with Grimes
‡with Of Monsters And Men
Sold Out dates in bold

May 13 /// Miami, FL /// AmericanAirlines Arena*
May 14 /// Orlando, FL /// Amway Center*
May 17 /// Houston, TX /// Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion†
May 18 /// Dallas, TX /// American Airlines Center†
May 19 /// Austin, TX /// Austin360 Amphitheater†
May 24 /// Kansas City, KS /// KRBZ Cricket Wireless†
May 26 /// Denver, CO /// Pepsi Center†
June 2 /// Saint Paul, MN /// Xcel Energy Center†
June 4 /// Cleveland, PA /// Blossom Music Center‡
June 7 /// Boston, MA /// Xfinity Center‡
June 8 /// Montreal, QC /// Bell Centre‡
June 10 /// Toronto, ON /// Molson Canadian Amphitheatre‡
June 11 /// Detroit, MI /// DTE Energy Music Theatre‡
June 12 /// Chicago, IL /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre‡
June 14 /// New York, NY /// Barclays Center*
June 15 /// New York, NY /// Barclays Center* praise for How Big How Blue How Beautiful:

“Florence Welch’s most personal, vulnerable and moving album to date”
“A sexy record that sticks to some familiar themes: a woman wrestling with lovers and emotions, often with biblical allusions, liquid-courage assists and a near-violent intensity…a magnificent bit of British brooding.” –Rolling Stone, 50 Best Albums of 2015

“There were already few singers who could match Welch for vocal power, but on songs like ‘Queen of Peace’ and ‘Long & Lost’ she lets pain mix with the pageantry and lands somewhere near the tarnished uplift of Rattle & Hum-era Bono” –NPR, 50 Favorite Albums of 2015

“her voice remains a galactic force capable of swallowing entire planets whole”
“Florence + the Machine delivered one of the most galvanizing sets in recent festival history. Flame-haired singer Florence Welch…was something closer to warrior woman: an outsize physical presence who doesn’t so much sing as emit deeply emoted sounds out of some wellspring of the collective unconscious who commanded her space and demanded undivided attention. She was riveting.” –Entertainment Weekly, 40 Best Albums of 2015

“The punk-rock song reimagined, brilliantly, as a spell, an invocation, a hex. Florence Welch’s vocals are nothing short of sorcery.” –New York Magazine, The 10 Best Songs of 2015—”What Kind of Man”

“The best song of her career.”–Fader, Best Songs of 2015—”Ship to Wreck”

“Bold, brassy and buoyant…a testament to her ability to straddle pop and rock, convention and alternative.” –The Daily Beast, Favorite Albums of 2015

“Welch sounds liberated in Beautiful’s sprawl” –Paste, The 50 Best Albums of 2015

How Big How Blue How Beautiful was written and recorded over the course of 2014. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) with contributions from Kid Harpoon, Paul Epworth, John Hill and James Ford, the album follows Florence’s globally acclaimed Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011).