Start 20:00 / End 20:35
Kassidy, from Scotland, opened the evening with the purpose of entertaining the audience of the full Velodrom, before Lana del Rey. Poor and inappropriate scenic design (but they maybe aren’t to blame), almost non-existing lights effects; nevertheless, Kassidy tried to do its best offering its Folk Rock to the waiting audience. Even if this music style does not exactly pertain to what Lana Del Rey offers, Kassidy managed to reach its goal.
Lana Del Rey (8/10)
Start 21:15 / End 22:40
You realize what a phenomenon Lana Del Rey is, when you look around yourself and see a huge venue like the Velodrom totally packed.
After a pretty long waiting, the light gets soft and the curtains open: the stage is incredibly beautiful and decadent. A bit like a casket, or maybe something between a mirror and a living room falling to pieces. It reminds me of some black and white horror movies. Then Lana enters the stage, wearing a white dress, she recalls a phantom. Also the wise use of lights and images enhances this sensation: Born to Die, could not be otherwise. And when this ghost starts singing, you are immediately bewitched by her delicate and beautiful voice, which seems to arrive from another dimension; no doubts, she moves you.
What surprises me are the acoustics, which are unbelievably good for such a big venue; the sound is always powerful and balanced, and the violins make it full and harmonious. But the real prodigy is that Lana manages to create an intimate atmosphere with her public: sometimes you forget to be there with thousands other people, you feel like if you were listening to some good jazz notes at the A-Trane. The American singer performs a couple of covers, too: Heart Shaped Box and Knocking on Heaven’s Door are in tune with the theme of the tour. I appreciated very much the way Lana interacts with her public: from the beginning till the end, she looks for a constant contact with her fans and she never behaves in a snobbish way.
I have to admit that this gig went far beyond my expectations, I left the Velodrom with the pleasant sensation to have assisted to something really good.
Price: 48,65€ at Trinity Music
Setlist: Lana Del Rey