Ellie Goulding cemented her status as one of pop music’s hottest new properties with a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles last night. The blonde Brit, who is currently celebrating her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Lights”, enchanted the crowd with a magnetic performance that showcased her always-impressive pipes and growing stage presence. She even surprised fans by busting out some eye-popping choreography! More details from the ”Starry Eyed” starlet’s concert after the jump.
With only one album behind her, Ellie doesn’t have a huge pool of material to draw from. But when you’re promoting a near-flawless debut, it doesn’t really matter. The royal wedding performer made her way through the vast majority of her debut LP Lights in her 14-song set. Fan favorites like “This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)” and “Your Biggest Mistake” were brought to life by the leather-wearing pop pixie and her three-piece band. She also performed six of her UK singles, and more obscure bonus tracks like “Home” — which she described as being an ode to a lonely farmer — and “Little Dreams”.
One of the many highlights of the show was the 24-year-old’s acoustic cover of Elton John’s “Your Song”. Her goosebump-inducing high notes received frenzied applause, as did her electric performance of her album title track. The pulsating electro-anthem allowed Ellie to unwind and, best of all, show off some unexpected choreography. Who knew that the English rose could grind like Rihanna?
The party continued all the way through to the encore when the Coachella queen closed the show with a haunting rendition of “Starry Eyed”. Ellie Goulding is making the transition from next big thing to genuine pop contender look easy.
— Reporting by Mike Wass