By: Dayna De Leon
Wow, what a show! Last night I had the privilege of seeing Ellie Goulding at Express LIVE, formerly known as the LC Pavilion, in Columbus, Ohio. Opening acts included Bebe Rexha and Years and Years. Unfortunately, Olly of Years and Years was feeling under the weather and so the group did not perform.
You may know Bebe Rexha from Me,Myself & I or No Broken Hearts. What you may not know is that she is the songwriter behind The Monster and Hey Mama. Rexha shared her story of how 4 years ago she was living with her parents, only $200 in her pocket, writing songs and reaching to anyone that would listen. Now she’s touring with one of the biggest names in the biz (okay, I may be biased to that) and sharing her story.
Now, on to Ellie! I purposely wore comfy shoes because I knew she’d have me dancing all night. To no surprise, she did just that. I noted that she too wore comfy shoes but still looked beautiful rocking it out on stage.
I have a true appreciation for artists who sound the same or even better live than they do on their album. Ellie is no exception. I really enjoyed her mixture of hits, acoustic and slower tunes. The transitions between wardrobe changes were really neat, as well. The backdrop of the stage was created by three large screens that during transitions, showcased video of her.
One of my favorite moments of the show was when she requested, so politely, for the audience to put our phones away. Touring for 10+ years, she shared that it’s been interesting to see the way the fans have changed and audiences have evolved. Ellie shared that she would rather see our faces smiling and singing with her rather than the flashes from our phones trying to capture mediocre photos.
The show ended but of course, she came back with an encore. Who doesn’t anymore though these days? Ellie ended the night with Anything Could Happen and Love Me Like You Do. A favorite moment of mine was the confetti shooting out into the crowd like glitter at the very end of the show. I even grabbed some off the floor for memories. All in all, if you’re even the slightest fan of Ellie’s, GO SEE HER.
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