REVIEW: Paloma Faith, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers
Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers
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BRIT Award-winning Paloma Faith delivered an incredible performance on Saturday night.

It comes as no surprise that Paloma kicked off her arena tour with a sold out gig in the North East after blowing away fans with an amazing sold out show at Newcastle City Hall back in November.

Before the curtain had even dropped fans were on their feet and screaming and as soon as Paloma appeared on stage the audience went wild.

The singer, songwriter, who graced the stage in a glamorous gold dress with matching heels and her iconic bold red lips, started the show with Changing, a recent chart-topping collaboration with Sigma.

She then followed with Mouth To Mouth, a song from her latest album, A Perfect Contradiction, and then 30 Minute Love Affair, from her second certified double-platinum album Fall To Grace.

When the roar of wolf whistles and cheering settled down, Paloma thanked fans for coming and said: “It’s so nice to be in the North where people know how to clap and dance.”

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

Paloma then surprised the crowd by showing us all her Brit award and said: “You’re the reason I have this, thank you so much,” which in turn received a roar of cheers. She then continued the show with Impossible Heart and Ready For The Good Life.

While the born entertainer not only wows the crowd with her distinctive vocals and captivating melodies, she gets everyone on their feet with a mix of energetic dance routines that really brought her songs to life.

She then performed her new single, Beauty Remains before laying herself across a pristine white piano and slowing things down with Just Be.

Things soon heated up as Paloma performed a hip thrusting Aretha Franklin cover with Ty Taylor, lead singer from Vintage Trouble who are supporting Paloma’s tour.

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

She then sang one of the breakthrough hits, New York, which is my personal favourite from her three album catalogue. She then continued with Picking Up The Pieces, Blood, Sweat & Tears then Trouble With My Baby which had everyone clapping as she danced on top of a piano.

Paloma then performed her first ever single Stone Cold Sober from her first album Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful. Followed by Take Me and her highest-charting single in the UK Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Can’t Rely On You.

Finishing on a high, Paloma knew how to get her Newcastle fans in the party spirit and ended her show with a Tina Turner classic, River Deep Mountain High.

Before leaving the stage Paloma shouted “thank you you’re wonderful” as cheers, screams and clapping flooded the arena.

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

Paloma Faith at Metro Radio Arena, photo by Rob Chambers

What’s next for Paloma in the North East, maybe a sold out stadium gig? I’m sure everyone from Saturday night would agree this lady could certainly do it.