Paloma Faith – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – LIVE REVIEW

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Photos and Review by Damien Harvey

Paloma Faith headed to Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on date 22 of 26 of her UK Tour

Paloma Faith’s gig at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on May 15th was an unforgettable experience that showcased both the depth of her emotions and her ability to uplift a crowd. Split into two sets, the evening was a journey through the highs and lows of Paloma’s recent life experiences, accompanied by her powerful vocals and engaging stage presence.

The first set kicked off with tracks from her latest album, “The Glorification of Sadness,” a raw and honest exploration of her recent split with her partner of 10 years and the challenges she’s faced in recent years. Songs like “There’s Nothing More Human Than Failure” and “Already Broken” delved into themes of heartache and resilience, resonating deeply with the audience. Paloma didn’t shy away from discussing feminism, which, while empowering for many, might have been a bit alienating for some male attendees. However, her impassioned speeches garnered cheers and added depth to the performance.

As the first hour progressed, Paloma gradually shifted the mood, culminating in the infectious energy of “Enjoy Yourself.” She encouraged everyone to get on their feet and dance, transforming the atmosphere from somber reflection to joyous celebration. The transition was marked by her quirky sense of humor and genuine interaction with the crowd, including an unconventional exit from the stage where she traversed through the audience, spreading hugs and smiles along the way.

The second set transported us to happier times with hits like “Stone Cold Sober” and “Picking Up The Pieces.” Paloma’s infectious energy and charismatic stage presence had the entire venue electrified. She seamlessly blended her soulful ballads with moments of lighthearted banter, showcasing her versatility as both a performer and entertainer.

The highlight of the evening came during “Only Love Can Hurt Like This,” where Paloma invited the entire crowd to illuminate the arena with their flashlights, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of light and sound. It was a poignant reminder of the power of music to unite and uplift, even in the face of adversity.
Throughout the concert, Paloma’s genuine connection with her fans was palpable, as she shared personal anecdotes and expressed gratitude for their unwavering support. Despite the challenges she’s faced, Paloma remains a beacon of resilience and positivity, using her music as a means of healing and connection.

Paloma Faith’s gig at Cliffs Pavilion was nothing short of exceptional. From the heartfelt sincerity of her first set to the infectious energy of the second, she delivered a performance that was both emotionally resonant and thoroughly entertaining. As Paloma continues to navigate her own journey of healing and growth, her connection with her fans remains as strong as ever, making this concert a truly memorable experience for all in attendance.

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