PICS: Florence and the Machine at Viejas Arena

'The dog days are over,' indeed: U.K. baroque/indie-pop chart-toppers Florence and the Machine bewitched a jam-packed Viejas Arena after Kamasi Washington's opening funk/jazz set.

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Singer/songwriter/frontwoman Florence Welch and her stellar band delivered a 16-song setlist during their Sept. 23 show.
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It was the group's first show back in San Diego after playing Viejas Arena in 2015 (the same year they performed at Coachella).
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The band formed in 2007 in London, England and received high praise in the media -- especially from the BBC, when they started out. The media company featured the group as part of its lauded radio show, "BBC Introducing."
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The band's debut studio album, "Lungs," was released on July 6, 2009, and held the No. 2 position for its first five weeks on the U.K. Albums Chart. Later that year, they'd win the Critics' Choice Award at the 2009 Brit Awards.
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On January 17, 2010, "Lungs" reached the top position, after being on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks. The album later won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010.
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The group's second studio album, "Ceremonials," released in October 2011, entered the charts at No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 6 in the U.S.
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The band's third album, "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful," was released on June 2, 2015. It topped the U.K. charts, and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, their first to do so.
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The album also reached No. 1 in a total of eight countries and the top 10 of 20. Also in 2015, the band was the headlining act at Glastonbury Festival -- making Florence Welch the first British female headliner in this century.
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For the unfamiliar, Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock, soul, folk and chamber pop.
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They've been nominated for six Grammy Awards throughout the years, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
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During an interview, Welch cited Grace Slick as her influence and "hero." Commenting her success, she's also said: "I'm lucky that there seems to be a massive revival in female performers. My icons were always women like Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks and Siouxsie Sioux. Who wouldn't be proud to carry on that tradition?"
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On Sept. 23, Florence and the Machine played (according to setlist.fm): "June," "Hunger," "Between Two Lungs," "Only If for a Night," "Queen of Peace"...
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Followed by "South London Forever," "Patricia," "Dog Days Are Over," "100 Years," "Ship to Wreck," "The End of Love"...
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And "Cosmic Love," "Delilah," and "What Kind of Man." They finished with a two-song encore consisting of "Big God" and "Shake It Out."
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Jazz pioneer Kamasi Washington and his amazing band opened the show.
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The celebrated saxophonist's debut solo record, 2015's "The Epic," was released to universal critical acclaim -- topping several year-end critic lists.
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Washington's second studio album, "Heaven and Earth," was released this June, with a companion EP titled "The Choice" released a week later.
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Washington has played with a diverse group of iconic musicians over the years, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Raphael Saadiq (among others).
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Fun fact: Washington played saxophone on Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" album.
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What an all-around amazing show -- we hope both acts come back to San Diego soon!
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