Paloma is a hit at Westonbirt

PUBLISHED: 14:26 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:26 24 June 2013

Crowds flocked to Paloma's gig at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Crowds flocked to Paloma's gig at Westonbirt Arboretum.

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SPIRITS could not be dampened when Paloma Faith took to the stage in the rain at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Dressed in a pink and orange outfit, matched with bright red stilettos, the colourful and energetic star performed to a sold-out audience at the Gloucestershire estate on Saturday as part of the Forestry Commission’s series of Forest Live outdoor concerts.

The songstress from Hackney performed alongside her tuxedo-clad band and three, hugely impressive backing singers, treating the audience to many hits from her most recent album, Fall To Grace.

These were mixed in with a few favourites from her debut record Do You Want The Truth of Something Beautiful? including Stone Cold Sober.

Packed with soul, emotion and some very impressive vocals, Paloma’s performance of each and every song was faultless even when climbing on a piano or meeting fans in the front row while holding an umbrella.

A rendition of the Tina Turner classic, I Can’t Stand the Rain, went down a storm with the crowd as did her version of INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart. She also paid homage to Etta James, the artist she cites as her musical inspiration.

Treating the audience to an insight into the sound of her next album, which she is currently writing and recording, Paloma also performed one of her new songs, telling the crowd she would decide whether to add it to her album based on their reaction. Needless to say the upbeat number was a huge hit and she declared ‘it’s going on’.

Definitely not style over substance, Paloma is a hugely talented performer with the charisma and humour to have her audience fully engaged and enthralled throughout her gig.

A must-see for any music fan keen to watch a flawless performance filled with entertainment and soul.

* For more details about the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live programme, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music

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