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Watch Florence + the Machine’s Whimsical New Video for ‘Free’

Another single and video builds anticipation for the singer's forthcoming fifth album

Florence + the Machine has released “Free,” the upbeat fourth single from their forthcoming album, Dance Fever, which will arrive on May 13.

The accompanying video, directed by frequent collaborator Autumn de Wilde, begins with actor Bill Nighy who plays the role of Florence’s anxiety. Nighy acts as a preoccupied shadow in the background following Florence throughout the video, gradually fading and more in the background at certain points in the video — but ever-present.


“Free” follows three other singles that have been released from her forthcoming album including “My Love,” “King” and “Heaven Is Here. Each of these songs arrived alongside accompanying videos directed by de Wilde and feature choreography by Ryan Heffington.

Dance Fever was recorded in London throughout the pandemic in anticipation of re-entering the world outside. The album emits themes of longing for connectedness and the hope of upcoming reunions. The album explores ideas of “identity, masculinity and femininity, redemption and celebration” according to a release.

Florence will be embarking on a North American headlining tour kicking off this fall in Montreal. Arlo Parks, Sam Fender, King Princess, Yves Tumor, Japanese Breakfast, and Wet Leg will all join as support during various portions of the tour. A dollar from every ticket sold will benefit Choose Love, an organization aiding refugees worldwide.


April 29 Los Angeles Theatre Los Angeles, CA
May 6 Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center New York, NY
September 2 Place Bell Montreal, QC*
September 3 Budweiser Stage Toronto, ON*
September 7 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago, IL†
September 8 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN†
September 10 Pine Knob Music Theatre Clarkson, MI†
September 12 Capital One Area Washington, D.C.†
September 14 TD Garden Boston, MA†
September 16 Madison Square Garden New York, NY†
September 20 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN‡
September 21 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA‡
September 23 Amway Center Orlando, FL‡
September 24 FTX Arena Miami, FL‡
September 27 Moody Center Austin, TX§
September 28 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Irving, TX§
October 1 Ball Arena Denver, CO
October 4 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC**
October 6 Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, WA††
October 7 Theater of the Clouds Portland, OR**
October 9 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA††
October 12 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre San Diego, CA††
October 14 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
*with Arlo Parks
†with Sam Fender
‡with King Princess
§with Yves Tumor
**with Japanese Breakfast
††with Wet Leg