Lollapalooza 2011, Saturday: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza 2011: Day 2: Ellie Goulding


When hearing shows, there is always that tension between wanting it to sound exactly like the CD, and wanting it to sound different (otherwise, why not stay at home, avoidng spilled Bud Light on your shoes?) Ellie Goulding found a perfect balance. Her voice, distinctive for its flawless ability to dip and climb in the same millisecond, retained its polished quality. Her performance, however, amped up enthusiasm far better than an MP3 could. Over the pulsing bass from another set, the British singer still swept away her audience from her opening song "Under the Sheets." The best moment of the show, besides hearing "Guns and Horses" live, was during "Salt Skin," where a chorus of drums from the main set, plus Ellie and another band member, took over, setting off wild dancing and an out of control beat.

The crowd was built of the usual suspects, i.e. girls clasping each others hands like daisy chains, stringing their dancing bodies through the mass of people in an effort not to loose one another. There was also a good contingent of guys there, who I couldn't help but wonder if had only shown up because Ms. Goulding happens to be both very attractive and very good at booty-shaking. Regardless, there was give and take and an energetic crowd fed an even more energetic Ellie. One girl pulled herself up into a tree in order to see the show better.. "I think this is the best crowd I've had," said Goulding. "I feel like every one of you is looking at me...well mostly," she laughed.


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