Ellie Goulding’s Close Call with Firework at Concert: Ellie Goulding, a prominent figure in the music industry, recently faced a heart-stopping incident involving a firework during one of her performances.
The celebrated artist, known for hits like “Love Me Like You Do,” was amid a captivating show at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, U.K. Suddenly, a pyrotechnic fireball shot up from the stage, leading to a tense moment.
Captured on video, the footage shows Goulding, 36, visibly flinching and stepping back as the fireball narrowly misses her face. An audible exclamation of surprise (“Ah f—”) escapes her lips before she regains her composure, swiftly resuming her performance on the opposite side of the stage.
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Fortunately, the incident did not result in any harm to the “Miracle” singer. Goulding promptly took to an Instagram story, which has since been deleted, to reassure her concerned fans. In her message, she stated, “To those asking, I am okay! Pyro didn’t hit me directly in the face. The face is intact. Love you, thank you x.”
Ellie Goulding’s Close Call with Firework at Concert
While Goulding emerged from this incident unscathed, it is a reminder of the various mishaps that can occur during live concerts.
In a recent incident involving another artist, Drake, during the opening night of his tour, a cellphone was hurled from the crowd at a Chicago arena. The object struck the rapper’s wrist while he was delivering a rendition of Ginuwine’s “So Anxious.” Despite the disruption, Drake continued his performance seemingly unaffected.
This occurrence is not isolated, as there have been instances of fans throwing objects, ranging from phones to jewelry and even cremated ashes, towards performers. Interestingly, this trend has affected many female singers, such as Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini, and Ava Max.
These artists, who often inspire passionate sing-alongs from their audiences, have been targeted by such incidents. However, even male artists like Pink, Kid Cudi, and Steve Lacy have not been spared from this trend. In a recent concert in Vienna, Harry Styles joined the list of artists impacted by these incidents when a fan’s throw struck him in the eye, prompting a momentary exit from the stage.
Paul Wertheimer, an expert in concert security and the founder of Crowd Management Strategies, emphasized the gravity of these occurrences. He stated, “While the act of fans throwing objects at artists has historical roots in the rock ’n’ roll scene, it remains inexcusable. The boundary between the stage and the audience, along with the expected etiquette, has sadly eroded over time,” as shared with The Times’ August Brown.