A Glittering night
Ella Henderson brought her debut headlining UK tour to a sold out Newcastle Academy where a delighted raucous crowd of all ages sang along to every song. A mix of ballads and high energy dance numbers, from her album Chapter 1, recent collaborations and covers, the setlist perfectly complimented Ella’s incredible unique voice and range.
Kicking off with the album’s second single Glow she had audience appreciation from the very start. Mirror Man, Empire, Giants, etc, were consummate in delivery, then she performed 1996 full of sureness after which, ‘give it up for Ross and his dodgy guitar’, this after a slight technical problem where Ella quipped (for not ad-libbing during the pause) ‘my people expect me to be Peter Kay. Here For You (with Kygo) upped the tempo again getting the crowd dancing. The 19 year old songstress then took us back to the beginning with her XFactor audition song Missed, someone screaming ‘we love you Ella’ to huge cheers. The whole place was lit with twinkling phone lights for the hauntingly beautiful song Yours.
Rockets featured the seamless blend of The Jackson 5’s ABC section, then the final tune was Glitterball her recent dance hit with Sigma and she smashed it to thunderous applause. Come on don't leave us like that, encore please!
For the encore Ella was sat alone with her glittering piano and sang Five Tattoos then one of the most amazing covers of a song has to be her rendition of Cher’s Believe which gives the lyrics a whole new meaning. After a mass photo selfie was taken of band and crowd, the night was brought to an end with Ghost, her launch pad first hit.
Ella is very humble with her success so far and overwhelmed by the fans who bought tickets tonight, she has come a long way since her XFactor days at the tender age of 16, a true travesty that she did not win the competition, but true talent always shines through and succeeds in the end, Ella being one shining bright light.
Here's a video of her incredible cover version of Believe