Ellie Goulding’s success has been well deserved and anyone that has seen her live know that she’s the real deal. Bursting onto the stage with “Figure 8” she opened the show with high energy and set the bars high for the evening. Going into B sides “Animal” and “Ritual” early on in the show was a brave move but she quickly united the crowd with recent single “Goodness Gracious”. Dedicating “Starry Eyed” to the fans that have followed her from the beginning the songs energy seemed to electrify and perfectly finished with an impressive drum solo. It was the acoustic section of the show that stood out for me as it allowed the crowd to witness how she started in the industry. “Guns And Horses” “Beating Heart”, “The Writer” and a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” allowed Ellie’s vocal range to be perfectly showcased and were the perfect choices for the acoustic section. She quickly united the crowd again with a mind blowing drum solo remix of MIA’s “Bad Girls” before launching into “Only You” and a medley of songs from “Lights”. The last section of the show saw the whole arena stand up and dance along to the dance tracks. “Anything Could Happen”, “I Need Your Love”, “Lights”, “You My Everything” and “Burn” was the perfect closing to an unforgettable show.
The setlist for the show was a perfect mix of tracks from her three albums “Lights”, “Halcyon” and “Halcyon Days” and allowed the tempo and mood of the show to drastically change which kept the audience emotionally involved. As a long time fan of Ellie it was amazing to watch her play to a big crowd and still see her play some of my personal favourites from her debut album “Lights”. She’s gone from having quite an awkward stage presence to being an arena veteran with a powerful stage presence and this tour shows how far she’s come. Her audience interaction was on point and saw her having a couple of jokes with the crowd and telling little anecdotes about the songs. Ellie Goulding is only getting stronger and this show proved that making her next album seem oh so far away.
New Zealand indie pop duo BROODS were a perfect opening act for Ellie Goulding entertaining the crowd with tracks from their self titled EP. Lead singer Georgia has a stage presence very similar to Lorde and her vocals could definitely give her a run for her money. BROODS are an act you have to keep an eye out because their success is imminent.