Florence and the Machine, Hyde Park review: flying the flag for 'the matriarchy' with poise, power – and a faultless voice

Florence Welch performing at Hyde Park on Saturday
Florence Welch performing at Hyde Park on Saturday Credit: WireImage

“Welcome to the matriarchy! It’s fun!” cooed Florence Welch, gleefully interrupting her headlining Barclaycard British Summer Time set. Her performance crowned a day that boasted, the 32-year-old told us, a 70 per cent female line-up; a wild and beautiful oddity in the music festival landscape. 

She had a point: while Welch, who is better known by the name of her indie-pop vehicle Florence + The Machine, headlined BST in 2016, this Hyde Park festival has been relentlessly male over the six years it has existed. It has been defined by ageing rockers (Neil Young and Bob Dylan played the night before) and machismo-laden bands (Rolling Stones, The Libertines), rather than a woman known for her ethereal...

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