Headed to the Ulster Hall last night to see Ellie Goulding’s second concert in Belfast this year, having previously played Spring and Airbreak in March.
The change, to a much bigger venue, is an indicator of the success she has had this year, and she currently sits at Number 2 on the Singles Chart, with a cover of ‘Your Song’
She first caught my attention late last year with the excellent ‘Under The Sheets’, which wasn’t the chart success it should have been, with follow-up singles ‘Starry Eyed’, ‘Guns and Horses’ and ‘The Writer’ getting higher placings.
Like her discography, this concert began with ‘Under The Sheets’, a song led by a hypnotic drum beat, which Ellie replicates on stage, beating in time to her band’s drummer.
With only a back catalogue to work with, this was never going to be a long concert, but Ellie made every second count, keeping talking to a minimum and playing her hits.
Her current single, a cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, brought the house down.
To be honest, i’m not that big a fan of the song (I’m not even that big a fan of the original, as Elton John has done far better songs), but Ellie, with only a pianist for company, had the crowd in her hand.
She finished off with an encore, playing her hit ‘Starry Eyed’
A concert well worth missing X-Factor for. You didn’t need to watch UTV to see the UK’s next big music star, she was playing in our own city.