I have always admired Paloma Faith, to me she embodies what a ‘pop star’ should be, but I hesitate to use to term pop star as these days the description can connote some vacuous and negative things, that said the striking beauty most definitely has the ability to write cracking melodies, and obtains that intangible thing that makes someone stand out. She also manages to find that tricky balance of having fun… via costume, production and her vivacious personality while maintaining authenticity and integrity, every performance showcasing her very impressive talent and unique voice.
I have also spent numerous evenings in stitches watching her stints on comedy panel shows Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Celebrity Juice, Keith Lemon and Noel Fielding finding Paloma more than capable of matching their off the wall retorts and childlike fun.
When you head to an interview being fond of someone (from the knowledge you’ve gained from other interviews etc), there is always that fear that you will be disappointed or that they won’t warm to you, and it can be more than a bit gutting when this fear becomes a reality. I don’t see the interviewees as different to anyone else, just with different lives and schedules, so I don’t begrudge them if they are not on top form on the day…. surely they should be allowed off days like us supposed ‘normal folk’ too. Although I was Palomas last interview of the day, and it was a less than balmy evening, I am pleased to report that she was an absolute delight and as warm as she appears on TV appearances.
I had taken my bestie Laura Hoggins along as camera woman for the night, as she had a rare night off of work and we were in need of a few bevvys. After the interview we headed to Wagamamas and wolfed down our regular treat of Katsu Curry (with extra sauce of course) then Hoggins thought it would be a good idea to head to The Hawley Arms and indulge in some Slippery nipples…..Today my body is proof that it was in fact a dreadful idea!
A bit less stable on the icy route back to the venue we headed up stairs to find a great viewing vantage for Palomas headline performance, while grabbing a couple of the free drinks on offer…. vodka inevitably!
Looking resplendent in an outlandish black ensemble, completed by a fetching top hat, Ms Faith joined her band and sexy backing singers, who were looking fabulously womanly in their festive red dresses.
Her set included her much loved singles and tracks from ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful’, as well as a spine tingling rendition of ‘At Last’ and Cee Los ‘Fuck you’ , which in our rather buoyant, alcohol-fueled revelry stirred me and Hoggins to join in middle finger air thrust.
I am very much looking forward to hearing the next diva inspired album and her role as femme fatale alongside the dashing Dougray Scott and hope to get the chance to catch up with her again in 2011!
For now I hope you enjoyed the brief chat we had last night! xxx
“Paloma Faith headlined the Russian Standard Vodka Originals free winter festival. To find out how to be first in line for 2011’s free gigs, visit www.rsvoriginals.co.uk.”