Ellie Goulding at The Olympia Theatre (review & photos)
Ellie Goulding was in Dublin to play a sold out show at The Olympia Theatre as part of her European tour for her latest album “Halcyon” on April 7th. Tickets were hot property with a myriad of eager fans taking to their social networks in any attempt to track down a ticket.
Goulding glides on stage to the whispery echoes of the “Don’t Say A Word” intro, temporarily masked by the screams and chants of an overflowing crowd at The Olympia Theatre. She follows with the title track of her latest album “Halcyon” and the dubby “Figure 8”. It isn’t until the fourth song, “Explosions” that the true husky aggressions of Goulding’s distinctive vocals are showcased. An acapella intro allows Ellie to unleash all of her vocal acrobatics.
Left on stage alone, just her and her guitar, for an acoustic rendition of “Guns and Horses” from her debut album “Lights”, Goulding begins her typical banter with the Dublin crowd, scolding them for their politeness and lack of heckling. The soft acoustics set the tempo for the upcoming heart wrenching performance of “I Know You Care”, a song that clearly carries emotional weight for Ellie. The next track brings with it a surprise in the crowd, with one audience member getting down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend during a venue wide group performance of Sir Elton John’s “Your Song”. Ellie jokingly dedicates the next song to the happy couple, toasting to them and declaring that she “wants to say this next song is for you…but it’s a bit depressing…” Finally concluding that, “Eh, it’s for you anyway!” She then launches into the mournful “My Blood”.
Thundering group percussion is permeates the hour and a half long set, with each band member having their own personal drum at their side, including Goulding who comes alive with drumsticks in her hands. A breakdown mid-set leads into an echo-filled almost ethereal sounding intro into Ellie’s debut single “Under The Sheets”. Ellie doesn’t scrimp on her back catalogue throughout the night including much more than just her debut single, to the pleasure of the Irish crowd.
It is at this stage of the night that comes as a surprise. Following the trend of the majority of her tracks, the last thing you expect is to find yourself jumping at the commands of a Miss Goulding, but her 2012 utterly euphoric track “Anything Could Happen” demands it of you. Returning on stage for her encore, Goulding’s launches into hercollaboration hit “I Need Your Love” with Calvin Harris, draping a tricolor around her shoulders to an eruption of cheers . Ellie gyrates and writhes throughout the gig, something not so expected of an appearingly shy singer/songwriter from Herefordshire but yet enthralls the crowd regardless of their sexuality.
Ending on the title track of her debut album “Lights”, Ellie finds herself being met with rapturous applause. A gig so good that is warranted residency at The Olympia leaves the crowd highly anticipating the return of the songstress to Irish shores.
Review and photos by Laur Ryan