Ellie Goulding has always been an enigma to the pop music world — aside from her radio addictive hits and vocal stance on environment protection. With her fourth studio album, Brightest Blue — Ellie lets listeners get to know a little bit more about her.
On August 26, Ellie performed a live stream pay-per-view concert at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. LIVENOW, a new streaming platform for various live events hosted the “The Brightest Blue Experience.” Their music section includes performances from Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Elton John, and the Rolling Stones. As the pandemic continues to squash live music, this is one adaptation for musicians and fans alike.
Ellie performed songs from the new album as well as some of her previous hits, such as “Burn” and the stellar “Love Me Like You Do.” However, most of the songs came from the new album. Backed by an angelic choir and a group of talented musicians (almost all of whom were Black), the hour-long concert was reminiscent of a regular show— aside from the artist being able to feed off an audience’s reactions. Yet, Ellie did an admirable job of keeping the energy up on her own (with the help of her aforementioned crew) and her signature, unique vocals echoed hauntingly through the otherwise empty museum.
Ellie’s performance was also accompanied by contemporary dancer Nafisah Baba, who was the BBC Young Dancer in 2017. The concert’s most memorable moment was the performance of “Woman” outside the museum, where it was just Ellie — laid bare, with one of the most poignant songs she’s ever recorded.
The performance of “Brightest Blue” closes out the concert — a simultaneous ode to nature and the steady, but reflective. place Ellie finds herself in after releasing this album.