Gig review by Zak Edwards with photography by Bianca Barrett

Paloma Faith

It was the glorious surround of Cannock Chase that greeted us on a warm summer’s Friday evening to enjoy the musical stylings of Paloma Faith and Liam Bailey. Forest live takes part in a modern day amphitheatre – minus the slaying of Christians, where as one woman correctly pointed out in broad Black Country accent, “the queue for the coffee is bigger than the beer queue”. It was that kind of gig, very refined. You know the sort, the one where people throw toilet rolls instead of pints of warm beer.

Liam Bailey

“I got a sore throat, can you hear it?” claimed Mr Bailey somewhat oxymoronically, as he made his way to the stage, clutching a cuppa in one hand and his camera in the other to take the obligatory crowd piccie. Settling down on a garden chair, the singer/songwriter launched into ‘Breaking’ from his new album ‘Definitely Now’.

Liam Bailey

It was a stripped back Bailey, performing without a drummer and a bass player who had learnt the songs in a day, but the absence of the beat and the lack of experience playing in the band, detracted from the sound not a jot. Voice raucous (no trace of that sore throat), guitar solos rip snorting and generally a great sound as he powered through the best bits of his new album.

Liam Bailey

Highlight of the day was surely an acoustic version of the song he wrote for Chase & Status ‘Blind Faith’. “It weren’t a banger when I wrote it but I’m glad it was when they’d finished with it” the singer professed.

Liam Bailey

Giving props to the crowd and to his ‘main man’ Liam the bass player for his impeccable performance, the singer finished with a splendid rendition of ‘Villain’ and then that was that, he was off.

Paloma Faith

After a few additions to the stage and a quick selfie with her brass section a.k.a. nice Slipknot, it was on to the main event, Paloma.

Paloma Faith

Performing an extension of her Perfect Contradiction tour, the one thing you’re guaranteed with Miss Faith is a fun packed spectacle and thus it was this fine summer’s evening.

Paloma Faith

Kicking off proceedings with ‘Take Me’ the gig went in typical Paloma Faith style – great songs and vocals energetically and enthusiastically delivered interjected with mid gig meanderings. Topic of discussion this particular evening was the spreading of single acts of kindness, where the singer encouraged – nay insisted – that everyone in the audience turned to the person next to them and say something nice.Unfortunately I was in the khazi at the time so it was a little bit awkward to say the least…

Paloma Faith

Following a bit of GBH on her guest vocalist and an amazing cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’ it was back to more of the same… fun, frivolity and frolics.

Paloma Faith

If there were an award for the most enthusiastic, joyous and vocally talented bare foot backing singers, then it would surely go to Paloma’s pair – almost as an integral part of the act as the singer herself. As are her talented crop of musicians whom all seem to be having an absolute blast every time I see them.

Paloma Faith

All of her modern day hits – from Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ through to the oh-so-catchy “Can’t Rely on You’ were all expertly delivered and veritably lapped up by the expectant crowd. The only disappointment was that she was on stage for a little more than an hour. “I thought it was too short” claimed the songstress and judging by the crowd’s reaction it seemed she was right. Everyone was having a blast and an extra half an hour was certainly required wouldn’t you say? But alas, it wasn’t to be and as the sunlight dimmed the crowd made their way back to their cars, gleaming from ear to ear at the spectacle they had just witnessed.

Paloma Faith

One Response to “Forest Live with Paloma Faith + Liam Bailey at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, UK – 10th July 2015”

  1. john bentley Says:

    Lovely photos and review! I particularly like the lead photo – the pose and that hair looks great.

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