Review: Ellie Goulding (Saturday 19th)
Ellie Goulding is the first act to headline the Apple Music Festival
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The first artist to headline the festival is Ellie Goulding, the pop princess who first gained notoriety after toping the BBC’s “Sound of…” poll in 2010 – leading to her debut studio album, ‘Lights’, debuting at the top of the charts.
The set opens with a compilation video of some of what a standard Ellie Goulding show should look like – adoring fans, lots of dancing and, of course, drums. If the next hour and a half is going to teach us anything, it’s that Ellie LOVES the drums.
As the music video ends, the rather vague music slowly turns into the familiar opening of her hit Calvin Harris-collaboration, ‘Outside’. The opening song gives us a proper taste of what is to come – and it involves a lot of dancing. When Ellie performs it looks more like a party than a concert.
A party where Miss. Goulding is the centre of attention, at all times.
Through-out the set, the female vocalist truly shows her versatility as a recording artist – mixing her set with club bangers such as ‘Goodness Gracious’ and ‘I Need Your Love’ with pop centred ‘Starry Eyes’ and ‘Figure 8’ and even a hint of slower ballads ‘Your Song’ and ‘Joy’.
It takes the audience some time to warm up to Ellie and, until ‘Starry Eyed’ (track 5 in her setlist), most of the audience are taking turns making sure they’re updated on Twitter.
The real moment when the metaphorical poo hits the metaphorical fan is near the end of her main set when ‘Anything Could Happen’ is played.
Before then, there are moments when everybody is off their feet, but they are few and far between. When it’s time for ‘Anything Could Happen’, even the suit-clad, messy bearded man in front is bouncing in time to the beat. Following with a compilation of tracks including ‘I Need Your Love’ and ending on ‘Burn’ - Ellie has truly pulled it out of the bag.
Leaving the stage temporarily, the entire band (led by Ellie) return to the stage before a short speech is given by the, until this time, shy Goulding explaining that the next track – ‘On My Mind’ has never been performed live before. The song is instantly a hit with the audience and, from the quality of performance, it’s hard to believe this song is a new addition to her set list.
Ending on ‘Love Me Like You Do’, the hit track off of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ soundtrack, Ellie leaves the stage whilst the band play out the ending before the, now infatuated, audience leave the Roundhouse.
What may have been a slightly shaky set to begin with has been ultimately recovered. Ellie Goulding proved to millions of old fans and new fans around that world that she is the ultimate pop star and the obvious choice to open the Apple Music Festival.