Ellie Goulding & Friends: In aid of Streets of London
Ellie Goulding returned to her favourite venue (not to mention, my favourite too) at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse, presenting a night of glamorous music in aid of the charity ‘Streets of London’ to tackle homelessness this Christmas. Ellie was joined on stage by Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton, as well as beautiful, Christmassy stripped back performances from Rudimental, Olly from Years & Years, John Newman, KWABS, MNKE, and Marcus and Ben of Mumford & Sons to come together and celebrate this joyous night (excuse the Christmas vocabulary this review will be sprinkled with).
The performers all sang their own couple of songs, such as Years & Years’ classics ‘King’ and ‘Eyes Shut’ in an acoustic piano version, with Olly describing his outfit as a cross between a Christmas decoration and Elton John- you can imagine how amazingly he would pull that off even! Mumford and Sons performed a beautiful cover ‘I Was Young When I Left Home’, really fitting into the theme of the night. Ellie of course also performed some of her classics, such as ‘Explosions’ and a semi- acoustic version (well, acoustic for Ellie!) of ‘Love Me Like You Do.’ She also performed duets with all of the performers, making it a really friendly and happy night, showing how everyone was there for the same reason.
There were of course also some Christmas moments, one of the best moments of the night being when Olly and Ellie performed a duet of ‘Santa Baby,’ and also at the end of the night when all the performers of the night and a huge choir came on stage and performed ‘Last Christmas’ together!
Ellie clearly cared about the cause, explaining how people often have to leave home after a split up, family issues, the military, and many more reasons, and she didn’t like it and everyone – performers and audience- we were all there to further support the cause. What made the concert and music itself so special was that everyone was genuinely Ellie’s friend, all there to support her in her support of homelessness and Streets of London. She did an amazing job of curating this night, and the Roundhouse did a brilliant job as ever in putting this up.
Happy Christmas everyone, do something good with your power this year x