Live at Leeds Metropolitan University on Thursday, 4th March 2010
Tonight the crowd have piled into Leeds Met early with the anticipation of BBC Sound of 2010's winner Ellie Goulding and highly popular Passion Pit. As the eager crowd go in there is a certain air that tonight may be one of the best gigs people have experienced.
Little Death are first on from London they attempt to get the crowd warmed up for the other two upcoming acts, there was little crowd interaction which maybe is the key when you're a new band to people. They ended up sounding rather generic and struggled to keep the crowd fully interested which is understandable as people are eagerly anticipating the rest of the bill however they did end the set with a strong finish which may have won over a few fans so even if they have won a selected group of fans then it can be said it's a job done for them in an opening slot.
Ellie Goulding comes on to almost a hero's welcome as the crowd have suddenly perked up as she runs through her set the crowd get more and more active and the applause after every song is louder every time, she certainly has a lot of pressure due to the hype behind her being tipped by many integral members of the music industry. Ellie seems very appreciative of the fans that she has and although a little overwhelmed at times by the magnitude there is a sense of confidence. The crowd go absolutely wild for her final song "Starry Eyed" which has received a lot of air time recently and they are rewarded with a drum solo from her and everyone loves it there is an absolutely amazing vibe around the room at this point. A surprise exclusion of the well known song "under the sheets" shows how her confidence has grown and with the release of the album "lights" the crowd are able to see the new material live.
Passion Pit had a lot to work with as the crowd were all worked up from the electric set from Ellie Goulding. My first question was would Passion Pit show themselves as worthy headliners or would they be in the shadow because of all the hype behind the main support. I must say I was not disappointed, each song Passion Pit delivered the best performance possible and the crowd absolutely loved them. I now understand why people like a band like this they are energetic as well as being absolutely appreciative of the support they have gained. The vibe from the crowd now is never better as they sing the songs back to the band word for word and the band seem to be loving it and lapping it up. Even though they have been on pressure tonight to deliver after a storming set from Ellie Goulding, they have definitely blown her out of the water and shown why they have the success they have and why they will continue to get bigger.