Naomi Clarke, PA Entertainment Reporter
Florence + The Machine have been forced to postpone the rest of their tour in the UK and Ireland after lead singer Florence Welch discovered she was performing on a broken foot.
The indie rock band kicked off their Dance Fever tour at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on November 14th and had performed in Cardiff and one show in London’s O2 Arena of their planned 11 dates before it had to be cancelled, including the band's Dublin date.
Ahead of the band’s second scheduled London show on Saturday, Welsh revealed the news about her injury on Twitter, saying she was “heartbroken” as it had been her favourite show they have ever put on.
I’m so sorry to say that after an x ray it seems I was dancing on a broken foot last night. 🩰 pic.twitter.com/0dh9fJJMIE
— florence welch (@florencemachine) November 19, 2022
She wrote: “I’m so sorry to say that after an X-ray it seems I was dancing on a broken foot last night.
“It is not in my nature to postpone a show, and certainly not a UK tour, but I’m in pain and, as dancers know, dancing on an injury is not a good idea. And have been told not to perform to avoid further damage.
“Please hang on to your tickets. We are working our hardest to reschedule these dates for next year and we will let you know as soon as possible.
“I’m heartbroken as the Dance Fever tour has been my favourite show we have ever put on. The communion with you. Your beautiful faces shining.
“I love you so much and I’m so sorry to anyone who is disappointed. My heart is aching. I can’t wait to be back on my feet and back in your arms.”
Dance Fever 🌕✨
A fairytale in fourteen songs.
The new album out now. Includes KING, My Love, Free and Heaven Is Here.
Vinyl & bundles: https://t.co/FH3jVKYmYP pic.twitter.com/hBYIKhHAQL
— florence welch (@florencemachine) May 13, 2022
Welch and the band were due to continue the tour at venues in Bournemouth, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, and Nottingham before ending at Dublin's 3Arena on November 30th.
The new show was in connection with the group’s fifth studio album, which was released in May this year.
Titled Dance Fever, the record was previewed with the tracks My Love, King, Free and Heaven Is Here, and enlisted Jack Antonoff and Glass Animals frontman Dave Bayley to aid with production.
The group had also partnered with the Choose Love charity with a donation of £1 from each ticket going to their work supporting refugees and displaced people around the world.
Further details about the postponed tour dates are expected in due course.