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Thousands of Lorde fans pack into Silo Park

Published: 6:24AM Wednesday January 29, 2014 Source: ONE News

Around 10,000 fans packed into Silo Park in Auckland to see double Grammy winner Lorde perform tonight.

Fans young and old attended the sold out concert and chanted "Ella, Ella" waiting for her to take the stage.

The performance is in lieu of the songstress's cancelled gig at the Laneway festival on January 27, which clashed with the Grammy award ceremony.

The singer kept the crowd in suspense and waiting for around 20 minutes before she took to the stage.

When she did the "crowd went crazy" says one concert goer.

She played 15 songs during her one hour set, two of which were covers.

The 17-year-old touched down on home soil early this morning after taking out the awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year at the prestigious Grammy award ceremony in Los Angeles two days ago.

She was greeted by a haka performed by Air New Zealand staff on the tarmac as her plane touched down and crowds of fans and media at the arrivals gate.

Asked at the airport what she thought of her Grammy win, Lorde said she felt more nervous when she won her New Zealand music awards.

"It's super cool but it becomes sort of a normal thing once you're amongst it."

Thanking her fans

Lorde has hand written a letter to her fans, thanking them and saying she can't wait to perform tonight at Auckland's Silo Park.

In her letter, posted on Facebook, she wrote: "I just wanted to say thank you for the time you've given me these past 14 months."

"Finding out about me online, or in-between these pages, or in your headphones."

"Without your support, there's no way I would ever have gotten to stand in the middle of the Staples Centre and perform in my school shoes."
"I can't wait for tonight's show. Together we'll make it magic."

Yesterday, Lorde's manager told ONE News that the now Grammy laden Devonport teen and everyone working along side her can't wait to get back home to New Zealand.

Scott Maclachlan said while it is "amazing being in LA at the centre of all this, but it's really just about getting back to New Zealand".

"The most exciting thing I think for all of us is to get home and feel that, really," he said.

And Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor is not coming home for rest and relaxation with Australia, Europe and America on the superstar's touring list.

Yesterday it was confirmed that Lorde will play at the Brit Awards next month, where she's been nominated for Best International Solo Artist.

She's also due to perform at the renowned Californian music festival Coachella in April, alongside fellow Kiwi act The Naked and the Famous.