Ellie Goulding Climbs Higher

August 1st, 2011

Ellie Goulding – Terminal 5 – July 29, 2011

Rewind two months and Ellie Goulding was playing Webster Hall amidst a whirlwind of attention sparked by her appearance as the musical guest at the royal wedding, followed by an appearance on SNL. Now fast forward to this past Friday night and that frenzied scrutiny has only increased, as witnessed by a Terminal 5 show sold out as part of Goulding’s Nylon magazine-sponsored tour.

Taking the stage in a bright red military jacket, she was greeted by the type of screams known to belong to very excited teenage girls (and perhaps a few guys, too). Opening with “Under the Sheets,” Goulding’s distinctive and powerful voice sounded better than ever. Her band immediately brought fantastic energy to the room and the singer had no trouble grabbing everyone’s attention. She kept it full band and full energy for album tracks “This Love (Will Be Your Downfall),” “Everytime You Go” and “Lights,” and later stripped down the sound for “Wish I Stayed,” with just piano accompanying her on acoustic guitar.

Goulding’s confidence and stage presence grow with each additional show, and while the fans in the front row seemed to know every word to every song, at times the whole crowd resembled a giant dance party. Ending with a triumphant version of “Starry Eyed” that truly had everyone in the packed venue moving, Goulding could say a successful goodbye to New York City this time with only higher to climb. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of Kaila Pehl |