Last Tuesday my friend invited me to see Paloma Faith as part of the Somerset House, Summer Series of concerts. Being the yes-women that I am I said hell yeah without a second thought…despite still be unbelievably tired from the last few weeks of partying at Lovebox,
Bloc, Wireless and with Swedish House Mafia…I had planned a ‘quiet’ week in, but who can turn down free tickets to see one of Britain’s best?
And one of Britain’s best she proved to be!
The setting of Somerset House is one of my favourite concert venues. After going to see Pro Green last year at the very same Summer Series I was very much looking forward to standing under the stars once again and witnessing what was sure to be a fantastic evening with the Hackney songstress.
We had been lucky all day with a break from the relentless wet weather however as we found our spot to the front right of stage the heavens opened once more and although it wasn’t a heavy downpour we still found ourselves a little damper around the edges than we would have liked. But this soon didn’t matter as Paloma took to the stage.
Her voice was absolutely faultless and her dress was divine and to top it off, by the end of her first song the rain had ceased and the skies cleared.
I caught the end of one of Paloma’s set a couple of years ago at Lovebox and remembered her big hit New York but other than that I really had little to no idea about her new album or much of her old stuff either; however, as she swept through her set I really enjoyed each song be it the epic movie-style ballards or the catchy, infectious chart hits which she even kindly taught us the words to.
Second to her talented singing voice was her cockney charm. Her elegant, pin-up inspired look and soulful voice could trick you into thinking that she would be all airs and graces but much like two of contemporaries, the late Amy Winehouse and the globally successful Adele – Paloma isn’t one to forget her roots and its this that endeared her to me so much. Her quirky charisma and self-depreciating wit had me laughing along with her like she was an old friend.
One of my cons of the evening was the fat lady in front of me who persistently took pictures at exactly the most irritating point possible. (This actually annoys me at every concert, why pay £40-£60 to watch the entire thing through a screen smaller than your TV??) and I also thought the set list could have been better chosen? There were points were Paloma and her onstage band had managed to get the crowd really energised only to kill it with a ultimately depressing ballad.
But I do have to applaud Paloma for creating the next big ladies song…”Me and my Cellulite” it was a really fun-upbeat number that involved Faith lifting up her designer dress to show us hers and shake it with pride! Not included on her latest album because it was deemed too happy and jolly, I think this could be the next ‘sisters are doing it for themselves’ kind of hit that you end up belting out on hen dos, girls nights out and even girls nights in.
And I couldn’t agree more – what fun is the burger without the bun?
I would definitely recommend catching Paloma in concert be it for her theatrical performance, her incredible wardrobe and of course her top-notch voice but also for her engaging and enchanting personality.
I will definitely be downloading her latest album Fall To Grace and look forward to possibly catching Paloma in the future at another festival or concert.