I was pretty excited about this gig. Having had both Eliza and Paloma’s albums on regular play I was feeling pretty good about being able to get in there and have a good sing-a-long. We arrived slightly late to the venue and think we probably missed Eliza’s first song. Fortunately we came right in during Skinny Genes which was a great start.
At first Eliza seemed to be seem quite shy on the stage but as the set progressed she defiantly came out her shell. One thing that really stood out was the vocal harmonies. I’ve always been a sucker for a good harmony so hearing regular four parters through-out the set defiantly scored points with me. One thing that has to be added was through the first three songs Eliza failed to notice her top slowly falling down lower and lower to the point where she has a bit more on show than she knew about. Luckily one of the band spotted it and she had a good laugh about it stating everyone probably loved it anyways. I didn’t hear any complaints.
Half way through the set we were treated to a few surprises; firstly a bluesy rendition of Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) and then a stripped down acoustic duet of ‘Police Car’ which included some impressive pretend trombone from Eliza. Picking up the pace, new single ‘Rollerblades’ got the crowd active, followed by Mr Medicine and finishing the set with the awesome ‘Pack Up’ which had the whole crowd singing along. Eliza seemed extremely thankful for everyone giving so much support to her being the support act and we thank her for the fun!
After a little wait it was time for tonights main attraction, Miss Paloma Faith.
As the curtains drew Paloma was stood almost statuesque wearing a sparkling pink dress, bright pink cloak and a jewelled crown that kind of looked like a horn. The stage was now also converted into what could easily have been a scene from a theatre show including tree, bench and a plant covered staircase. Opening with ‘Play On’, Paloma really made an epic entrance, belting out pitch perfect vocals and owning the stage. She defiantly has stage presence.
‘Stone Cold Sober’ followed getting everyone in the mood for what was to come. Paloma explained she had a bit of a sore throat but you wouldn’t have thought it from her amazing vocal performance. One thing I loved about Paloma is she is incredibly likeable. You can’t help but love her and she is also extremely funny. You just want her to be your friend and, because of this, the audience instantly clicked with her and she had everyone in the palm of her hand. In typical Paloma style she likes to mix things and at the end of ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful’ rips off her cloak and its straight into a disco remix with Paloma pulling shapes all over the place. The crowd are jumping and, as Paloma shoots off for a costume change, the band give it their all with an epic guitar solo and some impressive vocals from Paloma’s backing girls.
Following suit, Paloma returns to the stage at the top of the stair case now in leopard print hot pants and a gold top and straight into her own take on David Guetta’s ‘Sexy Bitch’ which I’m sure no one expected. A remixed version of ‘Romance Is Dead’ followed and then we are treated to some brand new material. Sitting on the piano, Paloma performs the awesome ‘Just Be’ from her upcoming second album. A cover of Cee-Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You’ also makes an appearance but not before Paloma gives a prior apology to kids and parents about her upcoming use of constant bad language. I think she got away with it as I’m sure she managed to probably get most of them screaming along with her. Closing the initial set ,after explaining dieting and the gym are shit, the upbeat, soon to be women’s anthem, ‘Me And My Cellulite’ got everyone dancing and left the crowd cheering for more.
To finish the night Paloma played a three song encore starting with a piano version of ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, followed by her latest single ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ and ending on the epic ‘New York’ which had the entire audience singing their hearts out. Paloma is not only a talented singer but an amazing personality and puts on an awesome show. We will be there next tour and we think you should to. Paloma…HTF loves you!
Eliza Doolittle Setlist: Missing, Skinny Genes, Money Box, Go Home, Nobody, I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) – Aretha Franklin Cover, Police Car, Rollerblades, Mr Medicine, Pack Up
Paloma Faith Setlist: Play On, Stone Cold Sober, My Legs Are Weak, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful, Sexy Bitch (David Guetta Cover), Just Be, Fuck You (Cee Lo Green Cover), Me And My Cellulite, Into My Arms (Nick Cave Cover), Smoke and Mirrors, New York
Reviewer: Chris Hines