The last time electro-pop extraordinaire Ellie Goulding was at Hangout Fest she was just a guest of then-beau Skrillex on one of the small stages. A year and a couple of RIAA gold and platinum-certified selling singles under her belt later, the British bombshell was rocking the three-day event’s largest venue Sunday.
Working it in a plain black jumper, matching high tops and messy wind-blown blonde tresses, Elles (we’re tight like that) could have easily walked off the stage and blended right into the crowd of thousands who packed the beachfront in front of Hangout’s main stage. Well, maybe if she accessorized with a hula hoop.
But with no stunts or props to aid her in her 14-song set, we wondered how Ellie’s headphones-in-a-bedroom swagger would translate to the festival’s raging stadium-like atmosphere. Should have known with this girl can hold it down with nothing but a falsetto and some light twerking.