Artists: Ellie Goulding
Venue: Cockpit, Leeds
Review by: Charlotte Strickland
THERE is a lot of hype surrounding Ellie Goulding, but despite this the key word with the 23-year-old singer is ‘modesty’.
Wearing a shiny tight black dress she may not feel like a star but she certainly looks like one.
And it would be fair to say the crowd of adolescent girls are more than overly excited.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from her live set as her album is very well produced.
However, the use of taped instruments and voices gave the set a lot more depth and vigour than you would expect from her three band members.
The much rawer acoustic songs too, in much the same way as Florence Welch, really show off her key-perfect voice to its full potential.
Donning an acoustic guitar, Goulding and her band begin with Lights.The set picks up as she plays the electro-pop Every Time You Go, This Love and her upcoming single Guns and Horses.
Mid-way through the set, Goulding ditches her guitar and takes to the keyboard before thrashing a drum for her favourite track, Salt Skin.
Her first single, Under the Sheets, really gets the crowd going before she slows it down for her encore, an acoustic version of I Wish I’d Stayed followed by a beautiful version of Roscoe by Texan band Midlake.
The night ends on a high as Goulding plays her second single Starry Eyed.
I was definitely impressed and despite liking her modest approach I found myself wanting her to act up to her recently found fame a little more.