Last night, Streets of London ambassador Ellie Goulding hosted the biggest concert in support of the charity yet. For the fifth year running, Goulding lent her time and talent to gather up the best of the best and put on an incredible evening of performances in support of ending homelessness in the capital. Not3s, Mabel, Jax Jones, Years And Years’ Olly Alexander, Grace Carter, Dermot Kennedy, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Sigrid, Dua Lipa and Ellie Goulding take to the SSE Arena, Wembley for an unforgettable night of music. To date, these shows have raised more than £300,000 in aid of Streets of London. This year’s huge event is sure to increase that total significantly.
Dua Lipa’s set was massively impressive.
Her loyal fan base is likely the reason Streets of London had to move from the Royal Albert Hall to the SSE Arena Wembley, a venue twice the capacity. Of her four song set, none was more impressive than her Silk City (Mark Ronson and Diplo) collaboration, ‘Electricity’. Between the confetti cannons (a staple of last night’s performances- to the point where I think I ingested some), Dua’s magnetic presence and lush vocals, her performance of ‘Electricity’ was probably the most iconic of the evening.
Sigrid’s and Bastille’s sets both impressed.
Their acoustic renditions of hits were absolutely incredible. Of course, the crowd loved a stripped back version of ‘Happier’, the dance track that has dominated worldwide charts this year. As well as Sigrid’s smash ‘Strangers’ with new life breathed into it, which turned it from a pop bop into an almost sad ballad. The night saw a few collaborations come to life, through Jax Jones, Mabel and Not3s. The latter providing such an incredible live experience.
Ellie Goulding’s set to finish the evening was packed with classics. The stand outs being ‘Army’ and ‘Burn’, which saw Ellie shredding a guitar and getting the whole audience involved. She brought with her one of the first performances of new single, ‘Close To Me’. Goulding ended the show, almost 4 hours after it began, with an extremely festive Mariah Carey cover. And a large helping of glitter and confetti cannons.
But of course, we didn’t go there just to have fun.
It’s to support a charity and work to end homelessness in the capital. One in every 200 people in this country sleeps rough, despite the UK having the sixth largest GDP in the world. We live in a country with the highest disparity of wealth in Europe. We live in a country where hate is becoming more accepted. In a time when many look out for the few rather than the masses, it’s more vital than ever to stand alongside organisations like Streets of London and to use our time, voices, talents, anything at our disposal to make sure that the here and now will not become the always.
Read more about Streets of London here.
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