Dubbed Hulloween by Paloma herself, Hull City Hall was packed to the rafters on Halloween evening. The sold out show had people queuing from early in the morning to ensure they got a good view of the songstress.
Before Paloma came out, Brett Dennen, along with his guitarist Jamie McLean, took to the stage to entertain the crowd. I’m a big fan of Brett so I was looking forward to seeing him. Every song he has sounds different, and each song has powerful lyrics and great meaning. He is, however, very different to Paloma’s big band, non-stop energy sound, and the crowd didn’t engage and listen, which was a shame. I enjoyed every moment of it though, and I wish the crowd had stopped talking and respected an artist on the stage baring his soul.
I urge you to go check out his music and support him, as did Paloma halfway through her set. I caught up with Brett before the show for a chat, you can read our interview here. If that’s not enough and you’d like to see the real deal, then he has his own solo show in London on 26th November.
As the curtain dropped to reveal the stage set up for Paloma, a lone pumpkin carved with her face, glowed out to the crowd on the piano. Her band all took their places dressed in skeleton outfits and face decorations. Paloma danced onto the stage with her 3 backup singers who were also dressed in skeleton attire. Paloma herself had a lacy black dress and intricate black face décor to incorporate a Halloween theme.
After dancing around the stage with the three other singers, she took centre stage on her own to launch into the first song of the evening. From that moment on it was a high energy and fun show. She played to the crowd, engaged in eye contact and danced around the stage like she very rightly owned it.
Her fans are a complete mix of young, old, couples and friends. Anyone is welcome at a Paloma Faith concert and everyone enjoys themselves. Looking around throughout the night, everyone was dancing, singing along and generally having fun. Her voice never faltered, even when admitting she was a huge Tina Turner fan and had always been nervous in singing her songs; she covered River Deep Mountain High faultlessly. She certainly made for a fun Halloween evening.
To see more photographs from the evening head over to our Flickr page.
Words and photography by Helen Parish