Ellie Goulding Bends The Rules At Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium
“I know this venue is supposed to be seated, but I like having people near me.” With that, Ellie Goulding defied the Ryman Auditorium’s ushers and stage managers — the same people who’d been spending the first third of her set rushing from aisle to aisle, shooing people back into their seats — and created something that’s rarely seen at the Ryman: a mosh pit.
Technically, it was a PG-rated mosh pit, the kind that’s filled with excitable teenagers who’re more interested in getting close to the band than knocking each other down. No one seemed in danger, even as groups of people left their rows and headed toward the stage in a free-for-all frenzy. For a venue that prides itself on being a listening room, though, this was pretty edgy stuff.
Fresh from touring, James Wallace & the Naked Lightcame back to their hometown for their vinyl release “More Strange News from Another Star.”
The band that previously played before them, Frontier Ruckus, joined them on the dance floor as they performed an acoustic set as the audience members danced along. One thing that could of complimented the style of last night was a campfire. James Wallace would occasionally sing into a telephone mic, giving his voice a echo effect as if the audience was listening to him on a ’60s record player.