Lana Del Rey reignited her musical flame back on British soil at the O2 Academy Brixton on Monday with her glamorously nostalgic performance, which left her devoted followers wanting more than just an encore.
In between her opening performance and the rest of her show, the American singer publicly reflected on the influence London has had on her music. She even went on to reveal how ‘Video Games’ was inspired by the city and was the crux of her international fame.
Although Lana graced the stage for more than two hours, performing a reel of hits including ‘Born To Die’ and ‘Ultraviolence’, the crowd still yearned for tracks from her new album Lust For Life and her 2015 album Honeymoon. A fan caught Lana’s attention close to centre stage and begged her to sing ‘In My Feelings’. A spontaneous Lana began to effortlessly echo the first verse of the song to the crowd, with cheering following closely behind that iconically soothing voice we all know and adore. ‘Love’ was also sung a capella. The coy songstress admitted to still being nervous performing her new tracks live.
The crowd grew more fond of her honesty and endearingly humble manner and proceeded to edge closer to her. I have never seen the standing audience at Brixton Academy as packed together as it was at this show. The entire performance felt intimate as the crowd drew nearer towards the stage.
The show finished with ‘Off To The Races’, which electrified the audience as it brought back memories of her debut, back in 2012. The crowd surged forwards for a final time as the dream-pop singer came off stage to walk amongst the front of the crowd, taking pictures, receiving flowers, touching hands and engaging with the people lucky enough to get to the barrier.
There is clearly scope for Lana to perform more frequently in the UK, as tickets sold out within seconds and were musical gold dust.
Can we relish in the thought that the indie-pop sensation has been reminded of the scale of her British fanbase and can see a potential string of UK dates to her next tour, or will it be another ‘Summer Bummer’?
Words by Alice Bradley