Live: Paloma Faith

Thetford Forest June 27, 2024

by Tracy Gibson

Under perfect skies, Paloma Faith delivers a performance that is one-quarter rant, three-quarters concert, taking jabs at useless men and her sometimes overzealous production team.

Clad in a stunning red dress with matching gloves, Faith sips tea while she banters with the crowd, determined to give her fans an unforgettable experience whilst also saving her voice for Glastonbury. Touring her latest album, The Glorification Of Sadness, which she intersperses with older and – by her own admission – more upbeat tracks, she chats casually and cracks jokes between songs.

She starts with the fiery How You Leave A Man and the fan-favourite Stone Cold Sober, getting us moving as the sun dips below the trees.

Relatable: Paloma Faith at Thetford (Picture: Paul Hampson)
Relatable: Paloma Faith at Thetford (Picture: Paul Hampson)

But the night isn’t just high-energy hits such as Upside Down and Can’t Rely On You. Faith bares her soul with Divorce, and her performance of Eat Shit And Die proves that even the angriest songs can be crowd-pleasers when done right.

She seamlessly weaves in personal anecdotes, from plugging her new book to sharing the highs and lows of single motherhood. These moments add depth to her powerhouse vocals, particularly during tracks such as God In A Dress and Picking Up The Pieces.

She welcomes the opening act, rap artist and longstanding friend Kojey Radical, on stage for Pressure. He might seem an unlikely choice of support, given the average age of the crowd, but he wins us over, both with his music and with his shirtless performance.

Keep the Faith: It's an unforgettable night (Picture: Paul Hampson)
Keep the Faith: It’s an unforgettable night (Picture: Paul Hampson)

As the evening draws to a close, Faith treats us to nostalgic hits before leading a poignant, crowd-sung rendition of Only Love Can Hurt Like This and calling for an end to hostilities in Palestine.

Ending with the relatable “I’m desperate for a wee,” Faith’s human touch shines through, especially when she has to restart the closing song after a lyrical mishap.

Her mix of humour, heart and powerhouse performance makes for an unforgettable night, and shows what a force she is to be reckoned with.

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