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Ellie Goulding rolled through Georgia on Monday night as the U.S. part of her 2016 “Delirium World Tour” played to a sold-out crowd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Not even a brief Atlanta summer downpour at the start of her set could dampen the spirits of the largely teenage crowd.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “Delirium” as a state of wild excitement and great happiness. Based upon the audience reaction at Monday night’s concert with Ellie Goulding there was a lot of it going around. Goulding could not a put a step wrong as her fans, mostly teenage girls, shrieked and sang along to almost every song; a fact that Goulding herself noticed and commented on during the show.

Goulding has come a long way in a couple of years. Maybe it’s the size of production that is a lot bigger and more grand than it was; maybe it’s the succession of hits that she has had over the course of the last few years; or maybe it’s just the fact that all of those things that have provided her with more self confidence and maturity. Whatever it is, she has more stage presence and puts on a much better show than she has in the past.

The production is suitably extravagant given that Ellie Goulding has enhanced her profile over the last several years on the heels of three successive top five albums. With a four-piece band, three singers and four dancers on a full stage that has as its’ backdrop stage wide video screens it’s visually very dramatic. Goulding plays her part too. With four costume changes during the evening that accentuate and complement the backdrop she is constantly active, moving and dancing back and forth across the stage.

With only three studio albums produced the evening was always going to be a steady parade of hit music and so it proved to be, although there was a liberal helping of new material from the Delirium album as well. From the new album “Don’t Need Nobody”, “Army”, “Love Me Like You Do” and “Something in the Way You Move” were wonderful demonstrations of just how easily her music has become popular dance club standards while her live versions of her earlier hits “Anything Could Happen”, “Burn” and “Lights” demonstrated that they have lost none of their musical impact despite being in the midst of a huge live production.

When she spoke to the crowd it sounded as if she was suffering from a slightly sore throat but her singing voice was as strong and as full of range as it needed to be and lasted the evening through the last encore, a beautiful version of “Love Like You Do”.

Goulding’s Delirium tour provides a wonderful encapsulation of her development as an artist. While her performances have matured, her music has become much more mainstream pop. While some fans might not like her current direction, those that left the show on Monday night, did so deliriously happy!

Set list

Intro (Delirium)

Aftertaste

Holding on for Life

Goodness Gracious
Something in the Way You Move

Outside 
(Calvin Harris cover)

Devotion

I Do What I Love
Keep on Dancin'

Don't Need Nobody

Heal

Explosions

Lights

Army

Lost and Found

Figure 8

On My Mind

Codes
Don't Panic

We Can't Move to This

I Need Your Love 
(Calvin Harris cover)

Burn


Encore:
Anything Could Happen
Love Me Like You Do