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Jul 5, 2016

Florence + The Machine & Kendrick Lamar thrill at BST Saturday!

On day two bright sunshine welcomed crowds to Hyde Park! Joint-headlining the festivals’ second day was the critically acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar and the dreamy Florence + The Machine.

Florence + The Machine’s high energy set kept the crowd absolutely captivated. Illuminated by the last rays of sunshine, she played a mix of songs from her three albums - encouraging the crowd to “raise each other up” during “Rabbit Heart”, while “Queen of Peace” saw a troupe of dancers appear to recreate her iconic music video. Before she launched into the emotive “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence requested fans to put their phones away so she could see their faces, and later emerged with a Gay Pride flag because “the world needs our love”. Suki Waterhouse, Blood Orange and Alice Dellal were amongst fans in the crowd.

Kendrick Lamar returned to the UK for his electric performance ahead of Florence + The Machine. The creator of the masterpiece “To Pimp A Butterfly” drove the crowd wild with his powerful lyrics and incredible live band. The rapper played hits including “These Walls” and “Poetic Justice”, and saw Jamie XX, Daisy Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Ella Eyre all join the masses to chant along.  

Blood Orange’s smooth electronica-R&B combo opened the music for the day on the Great Oak Stage, followed shortly by Cat Power who delivered a stunning set. Jamie XX’s bass had all the garage heads bouncing, undeterred when the deluge of rain struck! Florence was spotted cheering on her supports and dancing in the crowd with family and friends during Blood Orange and Jamie XX, going wild when Jamie played The XX’s version of her remake of “You’ve Got The Love”.

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