We didn't know what to expect when we touched down last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, but we couldn't have asked for anything better than the sold-out crowd that packed the city's CenterStage arena on Saturday night.
There were hippies, there were preppies, there was Target, there was Chanel, and at the center of it all was Ellie Goulding, in tiny leather Topshop shorts and a Burberry motorcycle jacket, who was greeted with a horde of American kids that knew all the words to her songs.
"I like America because it feels like you can get away with a little bit more, and be a little bit more of a free spirit," Ellie told us backstage before her performance. Judging from the audience, that's exactly Atlanta's vibe.
--FARAN KRENTCIL at NylonMag.com