Florence + The Machine have performed their much-acclaimed Game Of Thrones track ‘Jenny of Oldstones’ for the first time live, dedicating the song to Arya Stark. You can check out officially-sanctioned footage below.
The London band released the special track last month after it debuted during Episode 2 of the hit show’s final season. Frontwoman Florence Welch was personally approached by the show’s creators and is the only artist to officially soundtrack part of Season 8.
Now, the band have given ‘Jenny of Oldstones’ its first live outing. The song was played during Florence + The Machine’s headline appearance at Arizona’s FORM Arcosanti festival – which was in partnership with social platform Vero – on Friday evening, 10 May.
Ahead of the performance, Florence Welch told the crowd: “I would like to dedicate this song to Arya Stark.” Longtime friend and collaborator Kelsey Lu appeared onstage for the track, who also played on ‘100 Years’ and ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’. Later in the evening, Florence and company also performed ‘High As Hope‘ cut ‘No Choir’ for the very first time.
Speaking about working on ‘Jenny of Oldstones’ upon its release, Florence Welch said: “Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in Game of Thrones, not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.”
“We’ve always been huge fans of Florence’s music, and the Season 2 trailer with her song ‘Seven Devils’ was possibly the most powerful we’ve ever had,” said the show’s creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “So the opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds. We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and we’re in love with the result.”
Meanwhile, as uDiscover Music previously reported, Florence + The Machine are set to headline Ireland’s Electric Picnic festival later this summer. The County Laois event will also see The 1975, Hozier, and The Strokes top the bill.
Other notable names for the Electric Picnic include Billie Eilish, Christine & The Queens, James Blake, Jarvis Cocker, Years & Years, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sam Fender and Miles Kane. Further information can be found at the event’s official website, though all 50,000 tickets have now sold out.
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