Lovebox, Victoria Park - review Grace Jones wiggles in a bin liner and an imperious Lana Del Ray (sic!) proves her mettle at London’s most flamboyant annual fixture
Meanwhile, only the flintiest hearts could have failed to shed a tear for Lana Del Rey. Ignominiously down the bill on the second stage and almost drowned out by a (too) nearby dance tent, it felt five years rather than five months since she was the Next Big Thing. Yet from potential disaster, came glorious triumph. Beyond the hype, her album Born To Die has grown in stature and, once more wooden than a carpenter’s showroom, she has evolved into a glacial, imperious performer, capable of moving hearts on Video Games and National Anthem. As she sang, the sun set and there, in a grim Hackney park, was genuine beauty.
Blue Jeans and Video Games performances were very good, but Summertime & Without You weren't her best.She didn't nailed it like she knows,she didn't go all for it,she seemed out of breath and those were nerves working their job.But overall,it was a great show.This is the 1st time she's playing in front of this big crowd after all,so she did pretty good job.
Her performances have improved so much, it's insane! Her voice, her stage presence, everything's much better now, you can tell she's comfortable up there and enjoys playing her songs. Finally she's showing the world that she has real talent, I'm proud of her
.BringMeTheHorizon & PierceTheVeil.
can you check my pulse for me,
to see if I'm alive?
The reviews have been fantastic. Lana is clearly a lot tougher than she looks when you see how much hate she had to endure concerning her live performances early in the year. She should be very proud of the reviews.
Following on from Wolf came the hottest star of 2012, Lana Del Rey. The American singer performed a short set to a massive crowd who hung on to every word the starlet sang. Since shooting to fame last autumn Lana has kept her live performances to a minimum but she didn't disappoint and seemed humbled by the adoration from the crowd as she sang seven songs from her debut LP, Born To Die and one newie, which veered off to the grungy sound. Dressed in pastel and backed by a band that included a four-piece string section her vocals were strong, fuelled with emotion and sincerity, 'Without You' was idyllic whilst 'Summer Sadness' felt raw. The super smash hit 'Video Games' had the charm that it did the first time you heard it and the set climaxed with 'National Anthem', seeing Del Rey come and hug those in the front row, very brave for the doll-like singer. Once she had left the stage the crowds chanted 'Lana' but that was it, leaving them pining for more.