LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellie Goulding won’t just be performing at the NFL’s season kickoff concert. The British singer-songwriter will also be using it as an opportunity to learn more about American football.
“I know so little,” she said Tuesday during a phone interview after arriving in San Francisco. “I know the Super Bowl is being held here. I know that it’s a huge thing. See, sport is big in the U.K. I’m quite into the English version of football. I support Chelsea, but it’s on a whole difference scale here.”
Goulding and rock band Train are performing Thursday at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district before the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
The concert is being held in San Francisco as part of the season-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, which will be hosted in the Bay Area on Feb. 7.
Other past performers at the NFL season opener have included Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Usher, Keith Urban and Kid Rock.
“It’s still crazy to me that I get asked to do such incredible things,” said the “Love Me Like You Do” singer. “I feel like I’m still at that point where I’m excited to play an open mic night, so it’s a real honor.”