Ellie Goulding was the headline act at Brighton Dome with support from Bright Light Bright Light and Sunday Girl, who really warmed the crowd up with some 90s dance bleeps. The venue itself, with its incredible acoustics, lent an incomparable atmosphere to the evening’s proceedings.

Ellie, just a small-town girl, is living it up this year; with a growing fan base and a bigger tour she is expanding into the wider consciousness. Her success might be unintentional, perhaps, She says that she does not understand why people started to like her in the first place. Ellie also comments that 2010 has been a “mental year” where she has been “flying around” to all sorts of different places. Before her music career began she went to University, just like any normal girl, and considers herself lucky to be where she is.

The gig started off with Ellie drumming to a brilliant rendition of ‘Under the Sheets’. She also performed a cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’, which inevitably brought me back to the memories of theatrical romance movie Moulin Rouge.
Part way through, she showed a video diary of her life with emphasis on growing up in the middle of nowhere, where there was nothing else to do except play the guitar and sing along. She played songs about missing her hometown, ‘Wish I Stayed’. Sometime in the middle of the gig the standing crowd became all love struck shouting “I love you Ellie”. Another, guy, were shouting “I love you Kris” to one of the keyboard players.

Ellie sang three songs about which she confessed were written the various men in her life: ‘The End’, ‘The Writer’ and ‘Biggest Mistake’. The emotional and vulnerable tone was unmistakable.

She treated the eager crowd to a new song, ‘Human’ about her aspirations to become a better person. She finished off with the last song ‘Starry Eyed’ while bashing the drums again saying, “I’m feeling a bit sexy”.

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