As soon as Lana Del Rey announced two extra dates after her intimate performance in London, ticket purchase was a must. After not attending a concert for a while this was the perfect gig to ease back into the scene. Not only that but anything for that nostalgic feeling that comes along with songs from her debut album ‘Born To Die.’ Those late university night staring over the city of Manchester, we simply bliss and that album was the perfect accompaniments to those moments. Surprisingly, out of all the concerts over those years, this was one musician I had failed to see. So, I had no other choice.
Lana has quickly proved to everyone she isn’t the same girl from her early beginnings and that fateful performance on Saturday Night Live. Her on stage demeanour left people questioning whether she can handle her own, whereas I found it compelling and enchanting, so was waiting for this night to come. Once I saw the suggested set list my excitement quickly grew, having not listened to much of her most recent album, I was pleased to know I would still hear all of my favourite hits!
No Support What’s This?!
I learnt that new gig etiquette required you to queue for hours before a concert now! As seen as my friend and I just make it over child height it was probably wise to get a good spot, that is until that tall guy gets in the way, but hey it’s all party of the experience. The last time I went to a concert, the support act was sometimes just as important as the main act, it gives you a chance to discover new talent and possibly a new favourite artist. It disappointed me to walk in at 7:30 and have to stand until LDR showed at 9pm. I would have hoped with all of her influence and power of the crowd, she would use that opportunity to give someone else their big break! I had read after the show her support cancelled, however there are no claims of this.
Luckily, she did not keep us waiting a minute past 9, as she casually strutted onto the minimal stage, solely lit up by her name inscribed in italics in neon lights. It was simple and I liked that! The mega babe that she is had no reason to dress up in flouncy outfits, keeping it super cas she donned a black jumper, jeans and boots and looked stunning. Her back up singers were dressed the same and the show opened to screams of adorning fans.
The whole performance was breath taking, her vocals completely on point and her stage presence so calm and collected. She was effortlessly cool, there is no other way to put it, she brings her whole laissez faire attitude to the stage and worked it. She stands and sings with an elegant softness, however, you see the naughty side sneak through and she winds down and subtly dances. A true lover of her fans, throughout the whole performance she interacts with the crowds, taking pictures with overheated die hard fans and accepting gifts, placing a teddy bear on stage with her. It shows the normality of a music sensation , and fans love her for this connection she offers. She really plays on her strengths as a musician, and knows how to woo the crowds, giving us a guitar set and a solo acapella version of Love, both which sent the crowd into uproar. It was so organic and natural, you are truly able to grasp the raw talent she has.
Off To The Races
For me the best moments had to be some of my favourite songs. The crowd imploded with excitement at Video Games and Ride, as did I. However, my favourite moment of the night was the ending track, which couldn’t have been more perfect. Getting her jig on Lana gave us a great show closing the concert with ‘Off To The Races,’ more better I got to enjoy the moment with my new gig friends.