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Inside Florence Welch’s intimate dinner party in London to celebrate her new music

The faded grandeur of the Sessions Arts Club was the perfect backdrop for an intimate performance by Florence Welch, who treated a small crowd that included friends Harris Reed, Sinéad Burke and Jeremy O. Harris to live renditions of tunes from dance fever Friday night. “It’s a lot more terrifying to perform for people you actually know,” the singer joked, enthusiastically greeting artist Faye Wei Wei before launching into an exquisite rendition of her new single, “King.”

Welch, standing in front of spectacular Wei Wei artwork brought in to decorate the space, continued to perform tracks from his new album – his first in four years – for the first time in front of a (delighted) live audience, as well as “June,” a song that, with its refrain of “hanging on to each other,” gained new momentum during the pandemic, Florence said. She finished with her classic “Shake It Out,” featuring Alexa Chung and Greta Bellamacina among those who performed the chorus.

Dinner came courtesy of another Florence: celebrity chef Florence Knight, who oversaw a menu of white asparagus, nettle and ricotta ravioli, hake and lemon tart, all served on long candlelit tables decorated with artfully mismatched arrangements by Star Flower, and washed down with rhubarb bellinis and dill martinis.

As Bella Freud and Alison Mosshart caught up over dessert, Welch was first on the dance floor, along with Chung and her boyfriend Orson Fry, as well as singer Griff and Wei Wei, both dressed in Simone Rocha. A 90s and 2000s-inspired set by DJ Louise Chen – herself dressed in a baroque costume from The Vampire’s Wife – ensured the room was full long after the plates had been cleared. For a party of dance feverit was just appropriate.

vogue takes you inside the party below.