Paloma Faith At The O2 Academy Glasgow

Saturday, 16 February 2013

On the 28th of January I headed to Glasgow with my friend Amy and her mum, Alison, to see Paloma Faith. Amy and I had already seen her once at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange in 2010 and after hearing us go on about how amazing she was Alison wanted to come too so as soon as we saw she was returning to Scotland we snapped up some tickets. This was the third gig at the O2 Academy I've ever been too and I have to say it's my second favourite venue(the first being the Edinburgh Corn Exchange because it's closer). We arrived at 8 o'clock even though the doors opened at 7. Because we had already seen her we weren't that bothered about getting really close to the start. However, when  we arrived it a wasn't too crowded and we were able to get about five people away from the front. 

Within minutes of us starting the support act started. There was only one support act which was nice, I do think people need the chance to get out there but at the end of the day it's not who I paid to see, and it was the lovely Josephine. I hadn't bothered to check out her music before the gig but now I am obsessed, her voice is absolutely amazing and her guitar skills were seriously epic(anyone who plays knows how hard it is to sing and play at the same time). It also has to be said that Amy thought her support guitarist had lovely cheek bones. You can listen to my favourite song, Portrait, here. She's doing a headline tour in April but her only Scotland show is over 18 only, so it'll be a while before I get the chance to see her again. But if you'd be interested in seeing her then check out the rest of the tour dates.

At 9 o'clock Paloma came on, and she doesn't leave any theatrics out. It started with a beautiful monologue played out, there were actually several played throughout the concert and they were very philosophical. She's well known for her eccentric dress sense and she didn't disappoint  a skin tight aqua dress with a slit thigh side and two massive jewelled bows. Complete with peacock feathers. She really puts her all into her performances, not only is her voice insane but she dances all over the stage and at one point was even dancing on top of the piano(I was so worried she'd fall).

As for songs she played mostly songs from her second album, Fall To Grace, but she did play a few golden oldies in the middle. She didn't do any covers which was a little disappointing as I loved her cover of Sexy Chick from when I seen her for the first time. When I seen her in 2010 the stage was very extravagant but this time it was more about the music. I really liked this and she said that the first album she released was what people had told her to do to get out there but the second album was what she wanted to do and I get the feeling it's the same way with her tours. 

Overall, it was an amazing night and totally worth being very travel sick on the way home. If you ever get the chance to go see her your really should. Also the crowd was a good mix of ages so there wasn't that harassed pushy feeling you sometimes get at gigs where people seem to have no respect for others. 

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