Ellie Goulding – A little bit of fizz, A little bit of pop , A little bit of wiggle, Live Review from O2 Brixtion Academy, London, UK, Wednesday 12th December 2012

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Ellie Goulding – A little bit of fizz,  A little bit of pop , A little bit of wiggle.
– Live Review from O2 Brixtion Academy, London, UK, Wednesday 12th December 2012

DSCF9291[1]Ellie Goulding' s passionate performance at London's Brixton Academy, December 12th 2012

Ellie Goulding’ s passionate performance at London’s Brixton Academy, December 12th 2012

At the end of 2009 I named my famous five of female singers who I thought would a serious impact on the UK music scene in the coming years.  The list included Florence Welch, Bat for Lashes’s Natasha Khan, Phillipa Brown from Ladyhawke , Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots  and La Roux’s Elly Jackson.  I should have added a sixth at the time in the form of another Ellie – Ellie Goulding.

I believe the reason I didn’t was that the others had just established themselves in what proved to be a quality year for music and were already headlining their own major gigs but Ellie Goulding was still the understudy albeit a very promising one.  It wasn’t until 2010 that she broke through with the multi-selling Lights album and the cover  of Elton John’s  “Your song”.

Now, having spent a good part of 2011 touring and quietly  away from the UK spotlight, it seems she has surpassed many of contemporaries  (with exception of Florence) and has broken America with the single “Lights” – this having  registered  2 weeks in the No2 slot in the US Billboard charts and having just passed 1 year in the Hot 100.

Ellie has hardly stopped touring in the last 3 years with only a hiatus of 5 months this Spring and Summer.  She has chalked up well in excess of 230 concerst in the last 3 years which must make her one of the hardest working artists in the business.  It’s just as well she has a strong fitness regime

So out on the road again to promote sophomore album Halcyon it was to home shores to play her first gig at the Brixton Academy ably supported by another promising upcoming group Sons and Lovers.

Ellie Goulding and her band at Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

Ellie Goulding and her band at Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

Her band shuffled on stage to their instruments fairly innocuously but then there was no messing around. Ellie briefly acknowledged the crowd but went through at least 4 songs before any kind of audience conversation. Kicking off with “Don’t say a Word”,  she bashed away almost ceremonially  on the a drum with two sticks, setting an almost temple like atmosphere with the solemn yet soaring sound of synth and vocals.

Little Drummer Girl - Ellie Goulding drum up the crowd at Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

Little Drummer Girl – Ellie Goulding drum up the crowd at Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

 

The eponymous “Halcyon” was performed with heart and soul. During “Figure 8”.  Ellie moved around the stage with little bounces and skips, no mean feat given the killer 5 inch wedge heals ankle boots she was wearing; and she cutely wiggled her way through “Salt Skin”. Then, it was off with the jacket as Ellie gushed about how she’d always wanted to play the Brixton Academy and later how “mental “  it was.

Ellie Goulding goes acoustic for a song during her Brixton Academy show in London, Wednesday 12th December 2012

Ellie Goulding goes acoustic for a song during her Brixton Academy show in London, Wednesday 12th December 2012

An acoustic section was performed tidily with the majority of the audience singing-along to “Guns and Horses”.  There were folkish elements in the verses of the lyrically tender song “I Know You Care”, which contrasted with the anthemic Florence and the Machine quality of the chorus.  However, my favourite moment of the whole concert was when Ellie entreated everyone to “start moving a little” and then launched with full wiggle and supremely passionate voice into “Only You” during which she went to the edge of the stage and actually went down on her as per the lyrics of the song, finishing off with a drum bash.  Another highlight was Ellie’s slight vibrato soprano voice combined the euphoric synth hook on “Anything Could Happen”  that was simply glorious. Ending the pre-encore section with  “Lights” that morphed into a Dub-step outro, sent the teens in the audience crazy and prompted  some wild dancing at the back of the auditorium.

Ellie Goulding lets it all out - Live at the Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

Ellie Goulding lets it all out – Live at the Brixton Academy, London, UK, December 12th 2012

Her most popular release in the UK , Elton John’s “Your song” provoked another mass-singalong in the encore and the set finished with an energetic Ellie enthusiastically banging  her drum.  All in all – a good evening’s entertainment that fizzed and popped.

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