Review and gallery: Paloma Faith, Forest Live at Cannock Chase

Flame-haired singer Paloma Faith lit up the stage as she performed in front of thousands of music fans on Cannock Chase.

Review and gallery: Paloma Faith, Forest Live at Cannock Chase

Paloma performs to crowds at Cannock Chase

Dressed in a black catsuit, the star kicked off the popular Forest Live gigs at the beauty spot last night.

The 33-year-old treated around 5,000 revellers to a catalogue of her hits at the sold-out outdoor concert.

Fans, both young and old, took picnics along to the gig, enjoying a spot of al fresco dining as the sun went down. Die hard fans rushed to the front, while those there to make an evening out of it and catch up with friends stayed at the back.

Faith told her fans she was glad to be back in Staffordshire - having performed on the Chase in 2013 - and said she was pleased that for once it wasn't pouring down with rain.

The popular Forest Live gigs return to Birches Valley this year, with Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant taking to the stage tonight, followed by upcoming British star Tom Odell tomorrow.

London-born Faith first hit the music scene with the release of Stone Cold Sober in 2009. 

Second release New York was also from the debut album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

Last night she sang Picking Up the Pieces, Only Love Can Hurt Like This and her collaboration hit Changing with British drum and bass duo Sigma.

Last month she performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Over the years she has also turned her hand to acting, starring in the film St Trinian’s in 2007 and in 2009 horror film Dread.

Forest Live is organised by the Forestry Commission to raise funds to improve the area’s woodland. 

Each year, Forest Live hosts a series of special concerts in seven forest venues throughout England.

Faith, who took to the stage at around 9pm for one-and-a-half hours, was supported last night by Liam Bailey, a soul, reggae and blues-influenced vocalist who released his debut album last summer.

Last year pop princess Jessie J and The Modfather Paul Weller both performed sell out shows on the Chase.

Previous big name performers include Blondie, Erasure and Sugababes.

A Sunday night performance on the Chase was added to the bill for this year, due to the success of the two-night gigs in previous years.

The last time three concerts were held at the beauty spot as part of the Forest Live gigs was in 2008.

By Laura Blyth

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