Reverb10 – Dec 09 – Party

Florence + The Machine

What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.
(Author: Shauna Reid)

I’ve been umm-ing and aah-ing about whether or not we can include gigs in response to this prompt and I’ve finally decided we can. Which is handy, because right now I’m thinking back to May, when we went to see Florence & the Machine in Wolverhampton. The tickets had been a birthday present from my girlfriend nearly two months before, and we’d been looking forward to having a trip away together: sleeping in a hotel, train journeys there and back where we could sink into companionable silence with our books and headphones, and a night out listening to good music – just the two of us.

I have a few photos on my mobile phone, I think, and I dare say you could find some videos if you hunted on YouTube – but I haven’t. The gig was packed, the colours were vivid, the gig was exceptional (that Florence woman is utterly bonkers, in an albeit delightful way) and my memories are full of the happy, happy times that Leo and I shared; sometimes when I’m at gigs I’m very much in my own head space, but we were very much there together: dancing together, singing along together, drinking cider together, and wandering around the city late at night together, looking for food, hoarse but happy.

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