Lana Del Rey showers love on UK fans at Brixton show after three years away

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Lana Del Rey paid tribute to her fans in the UK during her show at O2 Brixton Acadamy on Monday (July 24) after a three year absence from our shores.

Lana Del Rey on stage in Brixton on Monday (Photo: REX/Shuttershock)
Lana Del Rey on stage in Brixton on Monday (Photo: REX/Shuttershock)

Dressed in blue jeans (so Lana), a tight black top and red strappy wedges for her date with the 5,000-strong crowd, the sultry singer revealed minor nerves when she tugged shyly at her top, but she needn’t have worried. Del Rey’s opening words were barely audible over a deafening crescendo of screams as she said, ‘Oh my god, are we really here together on release week?’

She was, of course, talking about her stunning new album ‘Lust For Life’.

The 32-year-old starlet sent her fandom into a frenzy just six days earlier when she announced that she was heading to the UK after her concert in Paris to perform hits from the new record at the iconic music venue.

‘Thank you so much for being here, waiting outside for so long, but there’s no place we’d rather be in the first few days of the record coming out,’ she added to the crowd, and again they roared in agreement.

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey’s album Lust for Life is out now

Though she delivered those songs too, Del Rey’s Brixton show will be remembered for its career-spanning setlist. From ‘Video Games’ – which saturated the British pop charts in late 2011 and catapulted her to fame – to ‘Summertime Sadness,’ ‘Blue Jeans,’ ‘Ride,’ and ‘Born To Die,’ she had the crowd hooked thanks to her stunning repertoire.

She swayed under a red neon ‘del Rey’ sign, crooning about unbreakable love, addiction, pain and happiness. She moved in unison with her twin dancers, who reminded us of the late Amy Winehouse in her signature Camden attire – a vest top and jeans combo – and red bands in their bouffant hair.

Each time Del Rey stepped down from her platform her fans went wild and even more so when she knelt down and sang to the front row, saying she was delighted to see so many ‘familiar faces’ in the audience.

Her voice has a beautiful country vibe and when she sang a capella on her recently released song ‘Love’ it was truly haunting, despite her asking Brixton to bear with her because she isn’t used to singing it yet in public.

But when she sang ‘Video games’ it was almost too much for the crowd to bear and she introduced it by paying special thanks to her UK supporters.

‘I know it sounds cheesy but I mean it when I say I made this record for you guys.

‘That’s why I think it’s really cool that I’m here because this is where it really kicked off for me, after Video Games.’

Del Rey – who was supported by Dermot Kennedy – closed her show with her 2012 hit ‘Off to the Races,’ a flirty, up-tempo number, and introduced it by saying goodbye to her fans.

‘We have one more song. But hopefully it’s not a few years before I see you again.’

We hope so too.

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