Ellie Goulding's crowd at Lollapalooza 2016 was extremely big. There seemed to be more people at Ellie's performance than there was at Lana Del Rey's Thursday night Lolla set. It wouldn't be surprising if she had the largest crowd for a 2016 Bud Light stage headliner.
Goulding performed just over 15 songs and none were covers. Well, she did sing "Outside," and "I Need Your Love," which are Calvin Harris' songs. She's vocally featured on both tracks so it's technically not a cover song.
She sounded great singing live, but there was a backtrack of her vocals playing during some songs. That was a little disappointing, especially since she had backup singers on stage. With how great she sounded, Goulding didn't need to sing to a vocal backtrack.
Watching Ellie Goulding at Lollapalooza 2016 you could tell how excited she was to be headlining a main stage. During the middle of her set, Goulding told the audience she doesn't know when or if she'll be asked back. She then said, "I normally play it cool, but this is amazing." She turned her back to the audience and had her picture taken so the shot showed her with the massive audience.
She was so giddy and happy throughout the entire set. Before she played "Figure 8" Goulding asked the crowd if anyone was hugging someone they didn't know. After an overwhelming response Goulding smiled and said, "Oh my God, that just brings me so much joy."
The stage production of Ellie Goulding's Lollapalooza 2016 performance was pretty exciting to watch. Right when she began "Army," sparks shot down on the stage. During "I Need Your Love," smoke shot up at the front of the stage.
She closed out the headlining set with three of her biggest singles. They were "Burn," "Anything Could Happen," and "Love Me Like You Do."
During "Anything Could Happen," Goulding was jumping up and down and running all over the stage. Towards the end of the song she even started to do the "running man."
The very last song was "Love Me Like You Do." While singing Goulding got a little overcome with happiness. The crowd was singing so loud that Goulding let them take over the first chorus as she stood there on stage beaming with the biggest smile.
After the song was done her band continued to play the music to "Love Me Like You Do" as Goulding went to every side of the stage so she could wave and acknowledge the entire audience. It wasn't just the left, middle, and right side. She started at one side and slowly made her way across the entire stage to wave and acknowledge everyone.
It was a sweet way to end a set that Goulding loved performing, and the audience loved to watch.