ANYONE who watched the Bafta awards will know what to expect from Paloma Faith – massive outfits, theatrical sets and, crucially, a superb voice.
And that’s the reason Faith has sold out the Opera House tonight. Yes, she’s a little – well – different and, yes, she has a wardrobe that makes Lady Gaga look repressed.
But you don’t get famous just by dressing oddly, you need the songs as well - and despite releasing only two albums, 31-year-old Faith has proved she has talent in abundance.
Debut record Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? went platinum in 2009 while last year’s follow up Fall To Grace reached number two in the charts and was nominated for Best Album at the Brit Awards.
She is also a talented actress, appearing in three feature films, and that was perhaps the reason she was invited to perform at the BAFTA’s at the weekend – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Ben Afflek and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Tonight’s gig at the 2,800 capacity Opera House sold out in double quick time and Paloma is promising the Blackpool audience a treat.
“I don’t want to give away too much about what tonight’s show is going to be like because I like the element of surprise,” she said.
“My shows are usually theatrical but with this tour there is more emphasis on the music.
“I’ll be mainly focusing on my second album but with some sprinkling of songs from the first album. It will be a good mixture and everybody should be happy.”
Faith appeared at the Illuminations switch-on last year and declaring she loved the resort.
Support act tonight is Jospehine, a Manchester-born soul singer whose influences include her mixed African and Jamaican heritage.
Doors open at 7pm.
* RISING star Jake Bugg plays 53 Degrees in Preston tonight. Alas tickets are like gold-dust, so unless you’ve got one - or are willing to hand over a small fortune to a tout - there’s no chance of getting in.