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Ellie Goulding: Disjointed show saved by star's fine voice

By Andrew Johnston

Early in Ellie Goulding's set last night at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, the English singer asked if there were any long-time fans in the audience.

About two-thirds of the place roared in the affirmative, but judging by the fact that this time last year she was playing the much smaller Waterfront Hall, a fair few of them may have been lying.

Still, regardless of whom her fans are or how long they've been listening to her music, last night Goulding had filled the Odyssey to capacity.

From the minute the blonde-haired songstress burst onto the stage, the crowd's eyes – and smartphones – were fixed front.

Opening tracks Figure 8 and Ritual kicked things off, with Goulding and her band hitting the crowd with all the arena-sized sound and lights they could muster.

It was a strong start, and the 27-year-old star seemed brimming with confidence as she strutted the stage.

The strange thing was that the sultry pop diva act was alternated with lots of Goulding bouncing about and thrashing her hair like a teenager at a school disco.

It added to the slightly uneven feel of the gig.

Elsewhere, Goulding kept the hits coming, with the likes of Starry Eyed, Anything Could Happen and newest single Burn proving that even if her image is a bit all-over-the-place, she certainly knows what she's doing lungs-wise.

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