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Review: Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Paloma wields her Brit Award and a political soulmate at sell-out Metro Radio Arena - and still keeps the crowd on side

Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena
Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena

As Paloma Faith stepped out in front of a sell-out Arena crowd, it was clear she had come a long way since her earlier performance at the City Hall.

The Brit Awards’ newly-crowned Best British Female had everyone in the palm of her hand as she opened with Changing, which set the tone for the rest of the evening.

There wasn’t a dull moment throughout and as she belted out Picking up the Pieces, everyone was on their feet.

However, her rendition of New York was something special, giving people an extra treat as she made her way among them .

She confessed her concerns about playing an arena tour and said she was worried she would be playing to empty seats but there was no need.

Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena
Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena

She was welcomed wholeheartedly on stage and she had the Newcastle audience on side all evening.

This was evident when, just a few songs in, she squatted down behind a grand piano and announced: “There’s a little thing round here.” Then she triumphantly produced her Brit, prompting cheers of support.

Aside from the Brit, much media interest had been aroused by her bold move in asking Owen Jones, political journalist and author of the books Chavs and The Establishment, to be her touring support act.

Throughout her performance she made reference to her socialist background before pleading with everyone to vote in the election but to steer clear of UKIP.

Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena
Paloma Faith at the Metro Radio Arena

But despite the political pledge, she was clearly aware that everyone, including the woman of the moment, was there not for politics but for a different type of party.

Following her recent rain-drenched Brit performance – no repeat of that here – I’d entered the Metro Radio Arena with high expectations of Paloma and she did not disappoint.


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