American singer Lana Del Rey dazzled crowds at British Summer Time (BST) festival in London and apologised for arriving late to the stage, just weeks after her microphone was cut off at Glastonbury when her set overran because of her late arrival.
This time the star, 38, wrapped up her show a minute before Hyde Park’s 10.30pm curfew, despite arriving to the stage 17-and-a-half minutes late.
At Glastonbury in June, she led her fans in an acapella-style rendition of her hit Video Games after the power was cut from her mic when her set overran.
After arriving late on stage at Worthy Farm, she had told the audience “my hair takes so long to do” and said “if they cut power, they cut power”.
She appeared to refer to that incident when at 10.05pm, five minutes before her set was due to finish and just after a rendition of Candy Necklace, she joked: “I think this is where I got cut off last time. Sorry about that.”
Del Rey thanked the crowd and her musicians and said: “Thank you so much London. My friends from Scotland… Thank you so much.
“This was a second home for a very long time.
“You guys basically made us what we were and allowed us to tour for the last 13 years.”
Reaching into her back catalogue of hits, the singer kickstarted the night with a shortened version of the single A & W, from her latest LP Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd (2023).
This was followed by the record Young And Beautiful, which appears on the soundtrack to 2013 film The Great Gatsby starring American actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Floating across the stage in a flowery dress cinched with a white belt, the singer made her way to a table and chair and intermittently took puffs from her vape while someone made up her hair.
The stage was decorated with flowing white curtains attached to two golden doorways and a golden grand piano which stood centre stage atop a set of stairs painted the same colour.
The songstress was joined on stage by six dancers and three backing singers wearing dazzling glittery dresses.
She performed singles from a variety of albums including Blue Jeans, from studio album Born To Die (2012), and Ultraviolence, which was the title track from her third LP released in 2014.
The singer also discussed her latest record Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd and told fans: “I absolutely love it, (the record) it came straight from the heart.”
To finish, Del Rey sang her 2012 single Video Games and twirled around on a swing adorned with swathes of flowers.
Earlier on in the day, the artist had been supported by acts that included Australian rock band Gang Of Youths, pianist Riopy, London five-piece The Last Dinner Party and American musician Father John Misty, who stunned with high-octane performances of I Love You, Honeybear and The Ideal Husband.
Other US musical superstar headliners at BST festival this year included Pink, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Guns N’ Roses.
Published: by Radio NewsHub