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At a teenage filled hall, we queue eagerly to see Ellie Goulding on her headlining sell out tour. Ellie Goulding's début single ‘Under The Sheets’ premièred on BBC Radio 1 on 30th September 2009. Gaining the attention of many critics, then in March 2010 she released her début album ‘Lights’. The album knocked Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ straight off the top spot. Her second single ‘Starry Eyed’ reached number 4 on the UK singles chart - winning her two awards, Critics Choice Award at the Brits and the BBC Sound Of 2010 award. So with the love of many fans and critics she embarked on her headlining tour - so naturally we had to be there.
First support was called Bright Light Bright Light. There were two members of the band on stage, a keyboard and vocalist as well as a drummer. Their music was a mix of 90’s techno influences as well as very 80’s style synth. Their set wasn’t very consistent, varying from one genre to another. We weren’t really feeling them but overall the young, high-on-life crowd loved them and were completely ready for the next act.

Sunday girl – second support act who the NME named as an artist to watch for in 2011. She didn’t disappoint, with her synth coated, guitar riddled style a lot like Ellie Goulding’s. Her set list included a cover of Laura Brannigan’s ‘Self-Control’. And the crowd loved her. During one of her songs she threw a t-shirt to a face in the crowd, which engaged them even more. By the end of the set the throng were even more pumped and ready for Ellie, she left them roaring as she exited the stage.

The crowd swelled - the balcony crammed with people, all glowing blue from the bright lights of the stage. Hanging above the stage itself were round paper lanterns, glowing white. The crowd was still ecstatic from the supports and chanted for Ellie Goulding. The lights dimmed, the crowd cheered and the massive led screen, which went unnoticed during the support acts blasted colour onto the crowd. Ellie’s band entered the stage and took their positions behind a keyboard, two guitars and a drum kit. Camera flashes went on and off lighting the room like strobes. Ellie came onto the stage wearing a black see through top, sparkly shorts and a gold eagle necklace. She stood overwhelmed at the microphone at centre stage as the back of the building lit with an orange wall of light.

She opened with ‘Under the Sheets’ and the crowd went wild, screaming her name as she beat the drum at the foot of her mic. She then  hit straight into another song off her album “This Love Will Be Your Downfall”. She looked at home on stage, comfortable and happy, dancing when ever possible which got the crowd more excited. At the end of her song she stopped to say hi and was amazed with the reaction of the crowd. She then went into another song and afterwards took a quick break, a video was shown while we were waiting  for Ellie thanking her fans for their support and it was nice to see that the crowd had quietened down a little to appreciate it. In the short video she explained how grateful she was for everything her life, her fans, her family and the friends she’d made to get where she is today. Ellie returned to the stage without her band to perform an acoustic cover of ‘Roscoe’ by Midlake. This went down well with the crowd, following this with ‘Guns And Horses’ and one of her earliest songs ‘The End’. She introduced her cover of ‘Sweet Disposition’ by Temper Trap. Introducing her next song ‘I Wish I Stayed’ by talking about how she had left university to follow her passion in singing/song writing. She launches into ‘The Writer’ and after introduces ‘Your Biggest Mistake’ telling us that the person the song is about has never heard this song which makes her feel happy. She treated us to a new song called ‘Human’ from her new upcoming album ‘Bright Lights’ I was very impressed and so was everyone else. Ending the show with ‘Starry Eyed’ - the lyrics flew at the crowd from the led screen. The girl who we’d stood and watched perform wasn’t just a singer or song writer, she was a girl who was indescribably grateful for her life and it showed in her performance. Seeing somebody who after achieving their goal and getting what they want, step back and smile was just beautiful. It was a great concert and many thanks to Ellie Goulding for providing it.

Set List

Under The Sheets
This Love Will Be Your Downfall
Every Time You Go
Roscoe (Midlake cover)
Guns And Horses
The End
Sweet Disposition (temper trap cover)
Wish I Stayed
The Writer
Your Biggest Mistake
Salt Skin
Starry Eyed

Review by Alanna Craig
Photos by Daniel Ellison
Thanks to Chuff Media