I’ll admit it when I first bought my tickets to see “Ellie Goulding” performing in Sydney I was a little apprehensive. I had never seen any live shows of Ellie’s and had only seen a handful of her TV performances across the US and UK. It turns out any fears that she wouldn’t be able to put on a show were meaningless cause I’ll tell you what this woman knows how to put on a show. 

The opener for the “Halcycon Days Tour” at Sydney’s “Hordern Pavilion” was the fresh New Zealand brother/sister duo “Broods” that have came crashing onto the charts with their debut single “Bridges” of the self titled EP (Available Here). The duo took the stage with a drummer to perform a 6 song set to the warming crowd of Hordern. Despite the duo being relatively new to world of music they showed that they are more then capable of pulling off a great set. Singing tracks from the EP they bought their style of icy synth layered over classical RNB beats to life for their 30 minute set. “Georgia” worked the crowd dancing over the stage her voice a crystal delight for the ears whilst “Caleb” supplied back up vocals and worked on his grinding whilst playing Synth.

Brother/Sister duo Georgia and Caleb of Broods performing.
Brother/Sister duo Georgia and Caleb of Broods performing.

The stage bathed in a eerie blue light was dead quiet before a eerie synth and vocal began to play whilst the band members took to the stage.  A Tribal drum thundered throughout Hordern whilst lighting strikes across the set’s backdrop. There was a building electricity of excitement in the crowd that exploded into cheering as “Ellie Goudling” took to the stage to perform the opening song “Figure 8“.

Ellie commanded the stage working every single inch of the front row during the opening part of the set which included the upbeat fun hit “Goodness Gracious” and the “Madeon” EDM track “Stay Awake“. Leaving the stage momentarily she returned to the stage carrying a pure white acoustic guitar where she perfumed the tracks “Guns & Horses” and her track from the Divergent movie “Beating Heart”. Having never seen Ellie perform live it’s amazing to see how great her voice is live with just a guitar as her backing. Goudling also performed the “Elton John” track “Your Song” accompanied by a piano in a beautifully sweet moment of the show that could bring a tear to your eye.

Ellie Goudling performing Elton John hit Your Song.
Ellie Goudling performing Elton John hit Your Song.

Ellie continued to impress across her 22 song set which drew songs from all her work even the earlier EP’s. She became a dance commander during her hits “Anything Could Happen” and “I Need Your Love” dancing wildly over the stage getting everyone involved and belting out some beats on her drums. During the track “Lights” the entire Pavilion was illuminate by every person in the place holding up the flash on the backs of their cameras whilst she belted out track standing on the speakers and reaching out into the sea of faces.

"Stripped to the waist we fall into the river, cover your eyes so you don't know the secret"
“Stripped to the waist we fall into the river, cover your eyes so you don’t know the secret”

Following a brief leave of the stage Ellie returned to perform “You My Everything” and her huge hit “Burn” to the crowd as the closing songs of her set.  Accompanied by a black electric guitar she tore through her track “Burn” showing that she’s got a little bit of a rock chick inside her. By the time the lights went down and she had left the stage I had found myself clinging onto the barrier and begging for there to be just one more song on the setlist.

The “Halcyon Days Tour” really is a showcase of just how spectacularly talented “Ellie Goudling” is as a performer. She can switch effortlessly from soft acoustic to heavy pop, play a variety of instruments live and all whilst commanding the attending of everyone in the room. If you missed her this time please keep an eye out to hear about a return because she is an amazing artist that you cannot miss live.

Closing out the show with "Burn"
Ellie Goudling on stage at Hordern Pavilion


  1. This is the best! I was at the show last night, and your review of the show is wonderful. Ellie was fantastic, and the crowd was so energetic.

    I have a question though. I’m intending on making a playlist of the Halycon Days set list from last night’s show, but I’m having difficulity remembering the order and what not, so if you do, I’d really appreciate it! Please and thank you!

    Also, again, wonderful post! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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