Unless you were holidaying on Neptune, you'll have noticed the announcement of the BRIT Award nominations. Either you will have shouted 'huzzah!' very loudly, or gone back to bed (or Neptune, whichever is nearest). For the artists involved however, these are thrilling times and none more so than for one of the nominees, Paloma Faith.
The singer, who is out on tour from this Sunday (Belfast is sold out, so is Dublin, Manchester, Nottingham well, you get the picture), is up for Best British Female and Best British Album (she was nominated for the former in 2011) and also got to help launch the blimmin' Awards this year. Busy girl. Her "Fall to Grace" album clambered to #2 in 2012, just behind Gary Barlow's Olympic-flavoured "Sing", but that's no disgrace because her profile couldn't be bigger.
And it's about to get even more prominent with the announcement of more live activity in the summer. As announced on Jonathan Ross' show over the weekend, Faith will be performing an O2 Arena concert on 7th June (from £22.50, on sale now) which, apart from her Bournemouth date on the 5th, is the only way to see her in the flesh. Or was.
As part of the ongoing Forestry Commission Live Music 2013 concert series, already featuring Paul Weller, Blondie and The Script, Paloma Faith will be in concert in the great outdoors during the summer. Stops include the scenic splendour of Thetford Forest on 14th June, then Sherwood Forest on the 15th, Bedgebury Pinetum, Westonbirt Arboretum, Cannock Birches, Dalby Forest and finally, Delamere Forest in Cheshire on 5th July.
[TICKETS: 18/1/2013 9:00] - prices start at £32 and are bound to sell through very quickly. Special guests will be announced in due course.