two side by side photographs of Florence Welch (left) and Taylor Swift (right) performing live on stage

Florence Welch has spoken about collaborating with Taylor Swift, and hinted at a potential appearance at the ‘Eras Tour’ in London.

Welch’s band Florence + The Machine feature on Swift’s new song ‘Florida!!!’, which appears on her 11th album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’. Both singers are credited as co-writers on the cut.

Following the record’s release, Welch said she was “honoured to be in this department”. Swift has since explained that ‘Florida!!!’ is about people’s desire to “reinvent themselves” after a break-up or heartbreak (via Today).

During a new cover interview with British Vogue, Welch opened up about her experience of working with the pop giant on the track.

“I almost didn’t think of the scale of it,” she explained while laughing. “There’s the sort of bigness of [Taylor Swift the phenomenon], and then there’s the Taylor I spend time with in the studio, who is just the sweetest and most down to earth.”

She went on to reveal that Swift had approached her with “a concept and a story” for the song. “[It’s] my favourite way to start songwriting,” Welch continued.

“We had such a fun time. And then when it came out I was like, ‘Oh, shit!'”

This summer will see Swift bring her huge ‘Eras Tour’ to Wembley Stadium in London, where she’ll play eight sold-out concerts with Paramore.

When asked if she could make a guest appearance on stage with the star, Welch responded: “If I was gonna do it, it would be a surprise.”

‘Florida!!!’ was co-produced by Swift’s longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, who previously worked with Welch on her latest album ‘Dance Fever’ (2022). Emma Stone is credited as having added “oddities” to the song.

In January 2023, Swift and Welch were pictured together at The 1975’s show at The O2 in London.

It is strongly believed that ’75 frontman Matty Healy is the subject of several songs on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’, namely its title track and ‘The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived’ among others.

In other news, Florence + The Machine have announced that they’ll be playing their debut album ‘Lungs’ in full at a special orchestral show in London.

The post Florence Welch talks Taylor Swift collaboration, hints at ‘Eras Tour’ appearance in London appeared first on NME.


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