Concert review: Ellie Goulding at Vector Arena - New Zealand Herald

Dressed in a snow-white mesh crop top, high waisted black pants, heavy flat soled black boots, and a sparkly bindi, Ellie Goulding's eclectic garb choice on Saturday night reflected the unusual space she occupies in the global pop landscape. So everyone was raring to go as the opening strains of spirited dubstep dance number Figure 8 brought Goulding to the stage. Recently released track Beating Heart which was written for the dusting Divergent also had a strong emotional connection with the crowd, and proved it's not all about the warbling dance beats and flashing lights. Mid-set she threw in a few older tracks like Starry Eyed , which has her sounding like a more normal club act, and an intimate version of Guns and Horses accompanying herself on a giant white acoustic guitar, but surprise highlights were... Pull apart golden haired pop star, part dance music queen, part indie Brit rocker, Goulding may be selling millions of records and have her attachment life documented by the tabloids. She kept the energy high with Goodness Gracious , a recent track co-written with Nate Ruess of Fun, and turned the arena into a red and gold firefly pageant for the synth-heavy Animal. The audience had warmly welcomed Kiwi support act Broods, who've recently returned from lengthy touring abroad touring and will likely one day headline a show at Vector themselves. Backed by a tight four-piece band who successfully created a stadium-sized palisade of sound, and an impressive screen backdrop of a diamond patterned tile mosaic, she came out firing. She moved into some Shakira vogue hip shaking for Ritual , which mixes some primal drumming with a vocal line that shows off Goulding's upper range, and got the crowd roaring as she took to her own set of drums and percussion at the face of the... But when she performs, there's no back up dancers, no costume changes, no elaborate bells and whistles like there might be at a Katy Perry or Taylor Nimble show - she gets the crowd just as amped simply with her voice, and her songs.

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