At the back end of 2017, Paloma Faith released her 4th album, announcing herself to the world of politics and offering the album as a “social observation record.” With the success of this in full swing, Paloma set off on ‘The Architect Tour 2018’ with the first stop in Leeds before visiting Nottingham on Saturday 3rd March.
Despite the world of politics being a sea of rough tides of ups and downs, the performance was far from it. Opening act Xamvolo, took to the stage with his band, his brilliant Jazz/Soul performance started to get the mind-tingling ready for Paloma herself. The big curiosity was, what was behind the curtain taking up nearly all the stage, with Xamvolo having very little space to work with.
When it came to Paloma Faith, the curtain raised and we were greeted by a large chrome sharp-edged mountain which seemed to depict maybe that rocky road of politics. With a wash of purple and blue lights coming over it, the structure sparkled with the full band strategically positioned on it.
At the top of the structure there she was, Paloma emerged and her amazing vocals burst into full flow. Her bright orange jumpsuit designed by Robert Twun looked fantastic in the light and really helped her stand out from the already sparkling structure of reflective surfaces.
- Evolution Intro
- The Architect
- My Body
- Can’t Rely on You
- Kings and Queens
- I’ll Be Gentle
- Still Around
- Tonight’s Not Only Night
- Til I’m Done
Paloma has a full tour ahead of her both in the coming weeks and another in the Summer, she is headlining local festival Splendour as well as popping up all over the country. This is a stage set to compete with the likes of Pink Floyd in our opinion and is visually brilliant.
Review & Photos: Andy Tatt