Retrospective : Concerts of 2010 – Paloma Faith Live at the Love Box Festival, London, July 17th 2010

Posted: March 26, 2012 in Concerts of 2010, Jazz, Pop, Popular Music, Soul
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This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Lovebox festival, held every year in East London’s  Victoria Park. Apart from the Under the Stars festival held literally round the corner round my house in East Ham , Lovebox is my local festival. Forget Glastonbury, I only have to travel 4 miles to this delightful non-camping festival to see some of the best and collest contemporary acts around. Proof of the the quality of the festival is shown by the fact it was voted in 2008 the Best medium size festival in the UK. It was founded by the DJ’s who make up Groove Armada. I went 3 year’s running from 2008 to 2010 and I will go again this year.  In this post which is published on www.bluesandsoul.com , I reviewed one of the best new acts I saw at the festival – Paloma Faith.

Paloma Faith in Sumptuous Dress at the Lovebox 2010 festival

Paloma Faith in Sumptuous Dress at the Lovebox 2010 festival

Retrospective : Concerts of 2010 – Paloma Faith Live at the Love Box Festival, London, July 17th 2010

Paloma Faith surely went from musical starlet to star at the 2nd day of the, as ever, diverse Lovebox Festival.  She stunned the thousands of people present as much with her fabulous dress sense as her sassy jaw dropping performance.

She marked her entry onto stage in a figure hugging full length velvet green dress with a giant orange white and black pleated attachment that fanned out like a peacock. This was complimented an orange fan headpiece. Understandably, she moved gingerly at first in her spangley platform high heels onto the raised podium but eventually found enough footing to stroll from one side of the stage to the other. She deftly moved through tracks from her debut album from belting numbers like ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and ‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful’.  There was a little banter with the crowd between songs.  Paloma reminded everyone she is an “ackney girl” and she made clear her delight at in front of a home crowd as  she doesn’t  “gets home these days”.

The adaptability of Paloma Faith voice is remarkable. Jools Holland has compared  Paloma’s voice with blues, soul and jazz singer Etta James and she duly obliged with a classy version rendition of  ‘At Last’.  But then she went all “Winehouseque” – maybe slightly too much with ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

The track that the crowd clearly loved was the finger snappy up-tempo ‘Upside Down’ but the most impressive was the sophiscated  ‘New York’ in which it felt like the soaring chorus was where R’n’B almost met cabaret.  Maybe not in the tonality of voice but there was something reminiscent of Candi Staton in Paloma’s style of delivery.  Until this point the festival had not sparked for me, but  with the aid of her very good backing band and singers Paloma delivered star quality in as good a performance as I have ever at Lovebox. I hope her management and record companies take note. This is one class act. Words

Paloma Faith surely went from musical starlet to star at the 2nd day of the, as ever, diverse Lovebox Festival.  She stunned the thousands of people present as much with her fabulous dress sense as her sassy jaw dropping performance.

She marked her entry onto stage in a figure hugging full length velvet green dress with a giant orange white and black pleated attachment that fanned out like a peacock. This was complimented an orange fan headpiece. Understandably, she moved gingerly at first in her spangley platform high heels onto the raised podium but eventually found enough footing to stroll from one side of the stage to the other. She deftly moved through tracks from her debut album from belting numbers like ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and ‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful’.  There was a little banter with the crowd between songs.  Paloma reminded everyone she is an “ackney girl” and she made clear her delight at in front of a home crowd as  she doesn’t  “gets home these days”.

The adaptability of Paloma Faith voice is remarkable. Jools Holland has compared  Paloma’s voice with blues, soul and jazz singer Etta James and she duly obliged with a classy version rendition of  ‘At Last’.  But then she went all “Winehouseque” – maybe slightly too much with ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

The track that the crowd clearly loved was the finger snappy up-tempo ‘Upside Down’ but the most impressive was the sophiscated  ‘New York’ in which it felt like the soaring chorus was where R’n’B almost met cabaret.  Maybe not in the tonality of voice but there was something reminiscent of Candi Staton in Paloma’s style of delivery.  Until this point the festival had not sparked for me, but  with the aid of her very good backing band and singers Paloma delivered star quality in as good a performance as I have ever seen at Lovebox. I hope her management and record companies take note. This is one class act. Words

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