Ellie Goulding was at Waterfront Hall last night, playing the first gig of her tour in support of her new album, Halcyon.
I’d previously seen her at Ulster Hall in 2010, a very enjoyable gig, so I headed over to this.
Having a very Electro sound, it was no surprise that her support acts should also have a similar sound. The first was a singer called Matthew Koma.
There was some sound problems during the first couple of songs, but his set was enjoyable. Unashamed radio based commercial pop, worth checking out.
The second support act, was a singer called Charli XCX. The first thing that came into my head when seeing her was, Marina and the Diamonds. She looks like her, and sings like her. It gets even better …… she’ll be the support act for Marina on her American tour later this year.
Now, I like Marina, but I don’t think being a blatant copy of her is the way to go. Most of her act was mainly shouting and whipping her hair back and forth.
Eventually, Ellie went on, and went straight into performing songs from her new album, which went down well with the crowd.
She then slowed it down but playing an acoustic version of Guns and Horses, and performing her cover of Your Song.
To be honest, I don’t really like her version of Your Song, mainly as it gives a false impression of what she is about to casual music fans.
Thankfully, the slow section wasn’t too long, as she started to get things moving by performing her debut single Under The Sheets, then merging it into Anything Could Happen, the lead single from Halcyon and best song on the night.
With the setlist now going uptempo, she started dancing. Not very well, but she didn’t care as she was having fun. And so, was everyone else in the room.