As the saying goes, Paloma Faith ‘tore the house down’ at De Montfort Hall in Leicester last night. Not just with her performance, but at one point quite literally tearing down part of her staging.

Back on tour for the first time since the birth of her second child, the Hackney-born artist looked like she’d never been gone, delivering a soulful set with flawless vocals.

And she seemed just as happy to be back on stage as the audience were to see her there.

Wrapped in a shimmering gold dress (with matching heels to boot), Faith treated her fans to a superb 90-minute set, blending new album tracks with classic numbers.

What is perhaps most striking about her performance is the effortless nature in which she interacts with those in attendance. Throughout the evening the audience were regaled with all manner of stories, from female empowerment and idolising Prince, to advice from her mum.

Faith’s relaxed (and at times kooky) rapport with her fans is highly telling of a natural performer.

Paloma Faith and her band perform at De Montfort Hall, Leicester last night.

In terms of setlist, a selection of powerful anthems and dance numbers were expertly disbursed. ‘Lullaby’, ‘If This Is Goodbye’, and ‘Monster’ all featured, with ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ closing the show in a sea of mobile phone flashlights.

The night was also peppered with songs from Faith’s latest album ‘Infinite Things’, or as she refers to it, the “only album she’s really proud of”.

As her fans screamed from the stands, Faith should be incredibly proud of her discography, or not least find comfort in the quality and depth of her stage calibre. She is a born performer, master of vocals, and creative to the core.

The ‘simple girl from London’ summed up the feeling in the room quite perfectly with her last lines of the evening: “My name is Paloma Faith, and I’ve had a whale of a time”.

Zany, talented, and unapologetically unique – Faith is a treasure of the industry.