Shortly after seeing Ella Henderson back in June 2015 when she supported the amazing Take That, I knew I had to see her again. Luckily for me, it wasn’t long before I could get my hands on tickets to see her headline her very ownUK tour. Yay!
Soon enough the night had arrived. It was Monday 9th November 2015 and time to see Ella take to the stage at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
As I am an O2 customer I took advantage of the O2 Priority Queuing lane. This allowed me to access into the venue earlier than non-O2 customers. Well, it was only a few minutes earlier, but still. Once inside I headed to the merchandise stand and purchased a souvenir tee. I chose a plain white tee with lyrics taken from her song ‘Giants’ in cute typography that I just couldn’t resist. I must admit the sizing came up rather small in this design, so I ended up exchanging my Large for an X-Large.
My tickets were for the unreserved seating/standing on Level 1 so I made a dash upstairs and chose my seat. The venue was still quite empty at this stage so I managed to grab a seat in the centre, offering a great view of the stage. Win.
The show begun with Ella’s support act, JP Cooper, thoroughly entertaining the audience with his humble words and music. He definitely gained a few new fans that night, including me!
After a quick stage change and her band taking to the stage, it was time for Ella herself to greet the audience. She begun the show with ‘Glow’ which was followed by ‘Pieces’ and ‘Mirror Man’. As the show went on it felt a little rushed at times, but who can blame her? She has a lot of incredible tracks from Chapter One to get through!
I loved that she also included ‘Here For You’ and ‘Glitterball’ in her set list as she performed the vocals on these tracks for Kygo and Sigma. Even though these tracks are upbeat and lively, the audience (on my level anyway) remained seated, but were dancing in their seats nonetheless.
The show soon came to an end, boo, but after enthusiastic clapping and cheering from the crowd, Ella returned to the stage and sat down at a personalised glitzy grand piano. After a couple of slower songs, including a superb cover of Cher’s ‘Believe In Love’, it was time to take it back to the beginning. Ella finished her encore with ‘Ghost’, ‘the song that kicked it all off’ as she stated.
I’d happily see Ella Henderson again in the future but only if it was a small venue. I feel as though a big venue such as The O2 wouldn’t suit her voice and style of show. If you can get tickets to see Ella Henderson in the future, I’d definitely recommend it!
Here For You (Kygo)
Give Your Heart Away
The First Time
Rockets (blended with ‘ABC’)
Believe In Love (Cher Cover)