As the clock counts from 50 seconds to 40 seconds to 30 seconds to 20 seconds to 10 seconds to 0. The Apple Music Festival
The first artist to headline the festival is Ellie Goulding
, the pop princess who first gained notoriety after toping the BBC’s “Sound of…” poll in 2010 – leading to her debut studio album, ‘Lights’, debuting at the top of the charts.
The set opens with a compilation video of some of what a standard Ellie Goulding
show should look like – adoring fans, lots of dancing and, of course, drums. If the next hour and a half is going to teach us anything, it’s that Ellie
LOVES the drums.
As the music video ends, the rather vague music slowly turns into the familiar opening of her hit Calvin Harris-collaboration, ‘Outside’. The opening song gives us a proper taste of what is to come – and it involves a lot of dancing. When Ellie
performs it looks more like a party than a concert.
A party where Miss. Goulding
is the centre of attention, at all times.
Through-out the set, the female vocalist truly shows her versatility as a recording artist – mixing her set with club bangers such as ‘Goodness Gracious’ and ‘I Need Your Love’ with pop centred ‘Starry Eyes’ and ‘Figure 8’ and even a hint of slower ballads ‘Your Song’ and ‘Joy’.
It takes the audience some time to warm up to Ellie
and, until ‘Starry Eyed’ (track 5 in her setlist), most of the audience are taking turns making sure they’re updated on Twitter.
The real moment when the metaphorical poo hits the metaphorical fan is near the end of her main set when ‘Anything Could Happen’ is played.