Culture: Music

Beige Review: Lana Del Rey At The HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Yesterday evening saw the award winning US singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey fill the Hammersmith Apollo for the first of her two night run at the west London venue.

Lana Del Rey

There were no cheap stage gimmicks, costume changes or dancers but instead the toned-leg-revealing Del Rey opted for a simple white baby doll style dress and an Art Deco inspired stage set. Palm trees and candelabras flanked the peripherals to bring the ‘paradise’ element to the show, as per the title of her rereleased debut album titled ‘Born to Die’.

Del Rey effortlessly worked her way through her impressive repertoire of hits including Blue Jeans, National Anthem, Ride and Video Games, her first single which catapulted her on to the global stage.

The demure singer left the stage on several occasions to join those avid fans who had no doubt camped outside to secure their spaces at the front of the floor space, collecting gifts and conversing with her adoring audience along the way.

At times whilst performing it appeared as if she was almost overwhelmed by the reaction of the audience.

Lana Del Rey

Del Rey said “Some people think I’ve come here to do a show. I’ve just come to see my friends.” This yielded a roar from the crowd. She also thanked London for the past three years of support saying “this is where it all began, where I made my record, and I’ve been waiting for so long to come and play here again”.

Del Rey’s latest single ‘Young and Beautiful’ is on the soundtrack to the newly released Baz Luhrmann reincarnation of The Great Gatsby and was a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Her album “Born To Die” has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. She has also recently been the face of the new Jaguar F-Type car, H&M fashion and has had the rare accolade of having a Mulberry bag named after her.

Lana Del Rey performs at the Hammersmith Apollo again this evening.

Tickets from £25.

Words: Barry Johnston

Jump to comments
Scroll Top