Though she’s billed as Florence + The Machine, Florence Welch is truly a one woman show. When she’s not dueting onstage with Jagger at a Stones show, Welch is playing peacekeeper at her own gig, jumping into the crowd to console a distraught fan mid-song.
The performer stopped her set in Aberdeen, Scotland, this Sunday to bounce her own show. She was halfway through her smash-hit “Shake It Out” when she noticed a disruption in the crowd. Welch abruptly stopped mid-song with a scolding “Oy, oy, oy!” The performer continued, saying, “I can’t have you fight in front of me while I’m trying to sing this song.”
Not content to merely chastise, Welch continued to play the part of “UN envoy” as one fan described her.
Welch presided with grace and empathy as glowing as her complexion, inquiring:
“Excuse me, all of you, stop it. I’m sorry all of you if you’re upset… Is she okay, is she going to be alright? You alright my love?”
But she didn’t stop there, Welch climbed into the crowd to sort out the disruption and console a small, visibly upset girl with a hug before returning to the stage to supportive chants of “Florence, Florence, Florence!” echoing from the crowd as she started the song again. Given her actions, it’s no wonder that she was asked to perform at 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Welch is just one in a line of great performers that make even greater diplomats at their own shows. Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, and Welch’s duet partner Keith Richards have all bounced their own shows and it’s all been captured on video. See Grohl in action below.