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Watch Florence Welch perform a private concert for a teenaged cancer patient

The performance of a lifetime.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Published May 22, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 5:57 pm CDT

After missing a Florence + the Machine show this weekend, a teenage cancer patient was treated to a private concert from Florence Welch and guitarist Rob Ackroyd.

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The 15-year-old fan was planning to attend the band’s concert in Austin, Texas on Thursday but had to stay in bed at the Christopher House Hospice when her health became too frail. She wound up getting something even better than a regular concert experience when the frontwoman and her guitarist paid her a visit.

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Surrounded by the girl’s friends, Welch and Ackroyd gave an intimate performance. “The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing,” wrote the hospice, sharing a video of the song “Shake It Out” on YouTube

“Thank you, Florence!”

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*First Published: May 22, 2016, 10:00 am CDT