Paloma Faith: Manchester Apollo – live photo review

Paloma Faith
Manchester Apollo
28th November 2014

Paloma Faith is set to perform a UK tour of the big arenas in March 2015, so this sadly will be the last time we get to witness her in a smaller setting. Melanie Smith was thrilled to be able to capture some stunning shots of the photogenic artist’s vibrant show in Manchester last week before she hits the big arena. Check them out in the gallery below.

Paloma had to cancel the previous Manchester dates she was scheduled to play due to ill health, but thankfully she was well enough to resume the rescheduled dates last week. She is out on tour promoting her recent platinum selling album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ – a new edition of which is now out with a further 5 tracks added – and of the two Manchester shows she had lined up at the Grand Apollo, tonight was the second.

There can be no disputing that chart topping Paloma is a glamorous pop goddess, with the voice of an angel, nor that she’s unlikely to ever lose her kooky, witty, down to earth personality. She’s another artist that has to be seen live to fully experience her music and it’s been interesting witnessing her developing her personal style from the outrageously costumed in her earlier days, to the classy glamour queen which stands before us today.

Tonight was an all seated and sold out, but no one remained seated for long – within two songs everyone was up on their feet and dancing. She has a wonderful rapport with her audience, and makes it a memorable occasion for each and everyone. She didn’t do many of her older well known songs, but chose to focus on the newer music. As a photographer we only have a limited three songs to capture the event, but as I left to the thrill of the crowd singing and dancing along my only regret is that I’d wished I’d bought a ticket and could have stayed.

Paloma Faith: Manchester Apollo – live photo review

Paloma Faith: Manchester Apollo – live photo review

Paloma Faith: Manchester Apollo – live photo review

Paloma Faith: Manchester Apollo – live photo review


  • Take Me
  • Picking Up The Pieces
  • Mouth to Mouth
  • The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
  • It’s The Not Knowing
  • Crazy Love (Van Morrison cover)
  • Leave While I’m Not Looking
  • Love Only leaves You Lonely
  • Ready For the Good Life
  • Other Woman
  • Trouble With My Baby
  • Only Love can Hurt Like This


  • Changing
  • River Deep Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner cover)
  • Can’t Rely On You


Paloma Faith’s 2015 Arena Tour dates are:

  • 12 March Brighton Centre
  • 14 March Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
  • 15 March Bournemouth International Centre
  • 17 March Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • 19 March Birmingham NIA
  • 20 March Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
  • 21 March Leeds First Direct Arena
  • 23 March Nottingham Capital FM Arena
  • 24 March Liverpool Echo Arena
  • 25 March London The O2 Arena

Paloma Faith’s website is here: She’s also on Facebook and Twitter, as @Palomafaith.

Words and photos by Melanie Smith – her portfolio can be found here:

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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