If the music is too loud, you're too old.

Lights are blinding. and overwhelming.

To say last nights gig was a long time coming is an understatement. It was this time last year that Ellie Goulding‘s ‘Wish I Stayed’ became a steady favourite on my playlist. As the year progressed and her collaborations with Starsmith grew more electronic, her cover of Bon Ivor’s, ‘Wolves’ and Sam Sparro’s ‘Black & Gold’ were gathering attention and she was making a name on the blogosphere, it was clear something huge was about to happen for her.

Number one on most ‘sound of 2010’ lists, Ellie’s album came out on the 1st March. Some were disappointed. I think it’s gold. I have already addressed the merits of the album, I won’t start again. What I appreciate about Ellie Goulding is there is no frills, no attitude, no controversy. Just fucking talent.

I had the opportunity to see her on Saturday in the Olympia (Thank you, Dylan!) and last night in the Academy. On her opening line, my jaw dropped. Her voice is captivating. Her presence is endearing. Her musical ability’s are unquestionable. The package works. As she belted out her short set at the Olympia and her full album last night, broken up with acoustic interludes and drumming breaks, the audience were in love. On first listen, the album would hardly be titled ‘explosive’. On stage, it translates into this high energy, excitable set, full of originality. Highlights were ‘Salt Skin’, ‘Under The Sheets’ and ‘The Writer’. I was also very happy to hear the acoustic version of ‘Wish I Stayed’ due to my issues with the modifications on the album.

It was worth the wait to see her. There are few moments where artists live up to or exceed expectations live.

Gwan Ellie.


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