Florence and the Machine surprise teen in hospice care with private performance

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AUSTIN, Texas — A 15-year-old Florence and the Machine fan in Texas wasn’t able to attend a show because she was too sick to leave her hospice room, so the band brought the show to her.

Lead singer Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd made a stop at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House to play for the young girl the day after performing at the Austin 360 amphitheater, a concert for which the girl had tickets, but couldn’t attend due to her illness.

The hospice center posted a couple of clips of the event on its YouTube channel. “Thank you, Florence, for your loving kindness, and for making our patient’s day,” it wrote in its caption.

The clips show Florence Welch belting out two of the band’s hits: “Dog Days Are Over” and “Shake It Out” as the girl sings along. Several friends and family members can be seen in the background taking pictures.

The center’s clips have a combined more than 1 million views.

Wrote the center on its Facebook page:

[T]here were shrieks and squeals and so much joyous music and singing and tears and tears and tears of grief and joy and hope and love and utter devastation and somehow simple kindness made everything better.

The girl’s identity and illness were not disclosed.

Florence and the Machine, led by Welch, are a rock-pop band from London. They are known for cosmic, often epic tunes such as “Rabbit Heart”; “No Light, No Light”; and “Spectrum.”


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