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March, 15

Florence and the Machine announce first gig since 2019 - and it's in Newcastle

Florence and the Machine have announced they will play their first live show since 2019 at an 'intimate' gig in Newcastle next month.

It will take place at the O2 City Hall on April 15 and is one of just three performances that the band are playing ahead of their fifth album Dance Fever, which will be released on May 13.

They have already released three songs off the album: King, Heaven Is Here and My Love, which fans will all be hoping to hear along with other new tracks and old favourites such as Dog Days Are Over, You've Got The Love, and Shake It Out.

And it's safe to say that fans are excited, with some even giving the band messianic status. One Facebook fan said: "Just booked for Newcastle! Bring it on..." while another said: "Greatest comeback since Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday."

The news even brought some short-lived joy to the other side of the world, with another fan saying: "Thought it was Newcastle, Australia. I nearly died."

Florence and the Machine are no strangers to Newcastle, having played a sell out gig in 2015 at the Metro Radio Arena (now the Utilita Arena ) following their third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

The City Hall gig will take place on Friday April 15, while there are also gigs at King Georges in Blackburn on April 16 and London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on April 19.

Tickets go on presale tomorrow (Wednesday March 16) at 9am with £1 from each sold going to refugee charity Choose Love. General tickets will go on sale on Thursday at 9am.

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