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Review: Ellie Goulding Gig at The Indigo2

Published 17 July 2010

Ellie Goulding has only been on the music scene for a couple of years now, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from her recent performance at Indigo2. After being thrust into the limelight post-BBC’s Sound of 2010 and BRIT award wins, Ellie topped the UK album chart with her debut album, ‘Lights’. She has also written for Gabriella Cilmi and Diana Vickers – and all this at the young age of 23. In this age of all hype and no substance, could Ellie pull off a performance worthy of all the excitement?

Indeed. After a poor display by the support act on the night, Ou Est La Swimming Pool, Ellie burst onto the stage with ‘Lights’ with amazing power and accuracy. Her breathy, husky voice comes across very natural, unlike some of her contemporaries – including that of Diana Vickers – and unlike many singers with unusual and quite frankly, annoying voices.

Goulding went on the sing the entire song list from her debut album, and also sang her own version of Midlake’s song ‘Roscoe’ – a welcome addition to the gig which highlighted her beautiful guitar picking and which was, in my opinion, superior to that of the original. Highlights include ‘Salt Skin’ – which was big on sound and atmospheric with pounding drums and passionate singing, and also last song of the night, chart hit ‘Starry Eyed’.

Goulding and her band gave strong, solid and energetic performances throughout the gig. It was this energy and vigour that made the gig such a lovely affair. She held her own during both the quieter and more raucous songs, and seemed comfortable when playing the guitar, singing solo or banging the almighty life out of a drum. In addition, all the songs were played and sung note-perfectly – and sounded even better than their recorded counterparts.

If you like her album, you’ll love her live. ‘Lights’ is serious ear candy, but it’s best served on stage. With a gig like this only four months after the release of her first album, one can only imagine where Goulding will be in the future. An amazing five-star performance.

The exclusive gig – organised by Best Buy UK, a new electronics retailer and proud new sponsor of The O2 – was the first of a series of gigs under the ‘Best Buy presents’ banner, celebrating the partnership between Best Buy and the O2. The tickets were only available through Best Buy, with customers spending over £30 in store given a unique reference code making them eligible for a pair of free tickets to the show. The next gigs in the series have yet to be announced, but if you’re shopping at Best Buy, look out for more information regarding future free gigs.

Gig date: 5th July 2010
Venue: Indigo2 at The O2 Dome, Greenwich