With just three major label albums under her belt, Lana Del Rey quickly built one of the notable personas the pop world has seen in a long time. From the loyal teen fanbase to her amorous sugar daddy-loving lyrics, plus her ultimate Sad Lolita Girl vibes, the singer has created a niche that has become instantly recognizable.
As much as she is fascinating, it's becoming easy to predict what will happen when she gets onstage—especially when it comes to her festival performances. The latest was a headlining slot at this year’s Lollapalooza, where the artist put the crowd under a spell with torch songs like “Cruel World,” “Cola,” “Born to Die,” "Honeymoon," “High by the Beach” and “Carmen.”
In the midst of all the melancholy, we rounded up all the moments that were quintessentially Lana Del Rey.
1. DIY promo: The crowd was filled with teens proudly rocking shirts emblazoned with this classic image of Lana’s Paradise EP cover. It was a bittersweet reminder that the singer has yet to top that era.
2. A sea of flower crowns: Honestly, were you expecting anything less?
3. Emotions running high: The amount of teen girls on the verge of bawling their eyes out was astounding.
4. Number of girls I actually saw crying: Four
5. A late arrival: Lana sauntered on stage almost 10 minutes past her expected set time, like a true Coney Island Queen.
6. Staying on brand: The singer continued her festival trend of using a black-and-white filter for the stage screens, which fit her vintage aesthetic.
7. Groovy baby: Lana’s two backup singers shimmied and flirted on stage like the modern-day version of The Crystals. It was fitting move, as the artist interpolated the ‘60s girl group’s “He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss)” on 2014’s Ultraviolence.
8. Fan love: There was a lengthy moment of silence after “Blue Jeans,” where a beaming Lana stopped her performance to take selfies with fans and sign autographs…
9. …Which led to this quote overheard in the crowd: “I would rather watch Lana Del Rey hug people for an hour than watch J. Cole.”
10. Number of drunk guys asking me who was on stage: Two
11. Rock n’ Roll fashion: She channeled her inner Priscilla Presley by wearing a white babydoll dress and dove-shaped clips in her hair, a look reminiscent of what the young bride wore on her wedding day.
12. Speaking of weddings: The backup dancers handed out flowers to fans in the front row during “Honeymoon.”
13. Number of yawning men who got dragged to Lana’s set by their girlfriends: Infinite.
Listen to an episode of Fuse's Back of the Class podcast below, where we preview Lollapalooza at the 21:45 mark: