37 Facts About Florence Welch


In 2018, Welch released a book titled Useless Magic, a collection of lyrics and poems written by her, along with illustrations.


Florence Leontine Mary Welch was born on 28 August 1986 in Camberwell, London, to parents Nick Russell Welch, an advertising executive and Evelyn Welch, an American immigrant from New York City who was educated at Harvard University and the Warburg Institute, University of London.


Florence Welch has a sister, Grace, who inspired Welch's song by the same name.


Florence Welch's parents divorced when she was thirteen, and her mother eventually married their next-door neighbour, Professor Peter Openshaw.


Florence Welch has spoken of being a highly imaginative and fearful child.


Florence Welch was educated at Thomas's London Day School, Battersea and went on to Alleyn's School, South East London, where she did well academically.


However, Florence Welch often got in trouble in school for impromptu singing and for singing too loudly in the school's choir.


On leaving secondary school and "just bumming around Camberwell where I lived, working at a bar and thought that I should start doing something with life", Florence Welch studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to focus on her music.


Florence Welch contributed vocals to David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's 2010 album Here Lies Love, an album about Imelda Marcos.


Florence Welch expressed excitement about putting new material together for a third album once the band finished touring at the end of September 2012.


Florence Welch led a tribute to Amy Winehouse by performing Winehouse's song "Back to Black" and the Annie Lennox-classic Walking on Broken Glass during the VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul concert held in December 2011.


On 29 November 2012 Florence Welch joined the Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena in London to sing "Gimme Shelter".


In September 2016, during an interview with Heat Radio, American singer Lady Gaga revealed that she and Florence Welch had recorded a song together.


In March 2017, Florence Welch appeared in Song to Song directed by Terrence Malick.


In May 2017, Florence Welch contributed a song titled "To Be Human" to the Wonder Woman soundtrack.


On 22 May 2018, Florence Welch performed a duet with Mick Jagger, at London Stadium, during the Rolling Stones' No Filter Tour.


In July 2018, Florence Welch published her first book Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry.


On 28 April 2021, Welch announced that she would contribute music and lyrics to a musical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, with producer Thomas Bartlett co-writing the adaptation's music and Martyna Majok writing the book and Rebecca Frecknall directing.


On 23 February 2022, Florence Welch released a single, "King", and an accompanying music video, directed by Autumn de Wilde.


On 9 March 2022, Florence Welch announced through her Instagram page that the band's fifth studio album would be titled Dance Fever and would have 14 songs, in her words "A fairytale in 14 songs".


The single premiered on BBC Radio 1's morning show "Breakfast with Greg James" where Florence Welch was the special guest and announced the release date of their upcoming album Dance Fever, 13 May 2022.


Florence Welch has been compared to other singers such as Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, Shirley Manson, Alison Goldfrapp, Tori Amos and Bjork.


Florence Welch has listed in her early influences the likes of John Cale, Otis Redding, Siouxsie Sioux, David Byrne and Lou Reed.


Florence Welch is known for her distinctive clothing style, often performing concerts wearing light Gucci dresses, barefoot and without jewellery.


Florence Welch describes 1970s American drag queen troupe the Cockettes and French chanson singer Francoise Hardy as fashion mentors.


Florence Welch has named Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks as a musical, fashion and general influence.


Florence Welch has spoken about being a "fantasist" as a child, stating, "[I was] constantly reading books, thinking, "I'm not a mermaid.


Florence Welch considers herself an introvert, and is passionate about reading and literature.


Florence Welch has held many events with her fan-run book club, Between Two Books.


Florence Welch has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as with alcohol.


In 2015, Florence Welch broke her foot after leaping off the stage at the Coachella Festival.


In 2022, Florence Welch was awarded and accepted an honorary fellowship from University of the Arts London.


In 2016, Florence Welch voiced her support for Remain during the United Kingdoms EU Membership referendum.


Florence Welch is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights, and regularly waves the rainbow flag at her concerts, particularly during her song "Spectrum ".


In 2019, Florence Welch expressed her support for women's rights during concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada, Chicago, Illinois, Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbia, Maryland.


Florence Welch encouraged her audience to donate to the ACLU instead of buying concert merchandise.


In March 2022, Florence Welch expressed her support for Ukraine during the Russian-Ukrainian War.