Review: Ellie Goulding in Christchurch

Nelson band Broods, opening for the electro-pop-scene ''it girl'', did not disappoint.

Since the release of their hit single Bridges in January, a track produced by Lorde's collaborator Joel Little, siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott have performed a string of showcases, support slots and headline shows across the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia.

Today they've announced their first headlining national tour.

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Their performance last night was magnetic, with their hits Never Gonna Change and Bridges, alongside two stellar new songs, creating a high-energy atmosphere.

The pair gave a shout out to their parents, who came from Nelson for the show. They happened to be standing in front of me.

Their dad told me it was the first time they'd ever seen their children perform to such a large crowd.

''We've hardly seen them this year, they've been all over the world. We came down here to see them perform for the first time,'' he said.

''It's surreal. We were just having dinner with them and now they're on stage performing to thousands.''

And suddenly there it is - Ellie Goulding's midriff.

The British singer-songwriter's toned tummy has been photographed everywhere this year, from stages at sold-out shows in Britain to the back of Justin Bieber's boat.

But unfortunately it won't be photographed tonight as The Press was not granted photo access.

At a time when almost everyone in the audience has the ability to take decent, quality images on their cellphones, this seems slightly ridiculous. I blame the Beyonce chariot meme.

Goulding's high-energy halcyon night began with Figure 8, and her setlist varied from reworked covers of well-known songs to her own originals, including Starry Eyed, The Writer, Explosions, Animal, Stay Awake, Bad Girls, Only You and I Need Your Love.  

The middle section of the set was slower-paced and momentum was slightly lost. It included one of the many cover songs Goulding is known for, Elton's John's Your Song.

''Feels,'' sighed a 16-year-old girl standing next to me, clutching her hand to her heart joyfully.

The crowd roared whenever the diminutive star passionately banged her drum and busted out freaky dance moves for Anything Could Happen and Burn.

Goulding's voice is powerful and she has an incredible range. Her stripped-back, acoustic rendition of Beating Heart was elegantly simple and beautifully delivered.

Backed by a tight band, including ''quiche'' (youth lingo for hot) Chris and an energetic keyboardist I dubbed "flinging ponytail girl", last night's all-ages Christchurch show was the final stop on the New Zealand leg of Goulding's Australasian tour.

After the show fans grinned happily and took multiple selfies to capture their elation.

On the back of sensational shows in Wellington and Auckland, the perky blonde songstress can be confident her New Zealand tour was a success.

Ellie Goulding, with support from Broods, at CBS Canterbury Arena, Wednesday, June 11.

The Press