Tonight I was lucky enough to get to see Paloma Faith at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London – and WOW, she blew me away!
Unusually, this was a gig that we’d actually paid to go see (Christmas present from Greg :)), and so I’d been tremendously excited for months about it, to the point that I was worried that nobody could ever live up to the hype that I’d built up for the show. Needless to say, this fear was unfounded, and she absolutely smashed it! She was so endearing on stage and took up on ample opportunities to showcase her stunning voice, which absolutely filled the whole performance space.
Whilst there were no gimmicks, lavish sets or acrobatics etc, there were plenty of sequins, funky hats and several inches of dazzling high heels – perfect for strutting around the stage in and they (literally) helped Paloma to shine! There are costume changes, and she never looks anything less than glamorous, even (strangely) when wearing her yellow romper suit thing!
Highlights of the night have to include the encore of New York (the roof just lifted off the place, it really did – the general emotion of the audience just seemed to transcend above everything else); when she got a young chap who must have been around 11/12 years old (called Troy) up on stage and sang Romance Is Dead to him (to which he happily sang back every word – cutest thing EVER!) and an awesome but unexpected remix of Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful.
(bit of New York from Warsaw, Poland)
A special mention has to go to her guitarist who was a very talented chap and helped to bring a rock-y live edge to Paloma’s marvellously theatrical songs and really set the venue alight.
The only “disappointment” (if one can even be silly enough to call it that) were that the audience decided to do the usual thing and shout and clap her on to an encore instead of singing ‘Play On’ back to her (which was also her faux- ‘last song of the night’) – bit of a pity, as a spontaneous audience reaction like that would have really lifted the roof off the SBE.
We seemed to be sat near the invited guests area, and saw Alan Carr and Leigh Francis (aka. Keith Lemon), who were sat very close by. We did send a quick coo-ee via twitter (you know, to scare them a little), but alas we don’t think they saw it heh!
If you’re reading this review in the immediate few days after I have published it, there are still a limited number of tickets available through Ticketweb for the remaining two Shepherds Bush dates and the singular Sheffield gig – quick, go snap them up!
Paloma Faith – amazingly brilliant chanteuse, absolute diva, my ‘Something Beautiful‘