Concert Review: Lana Del Rey at The Mod Club

‘I wonder if she’s going to open with Blue Jeans.’
‘She’s adorable.’
‘We’ve been waiting here since 7, push me again and this drink is going to spill on you!’

Chatter was heavy amongst the crowd last night as they anticipated the arrival of the New York singer-songwriter. Finally stepping out from the wings, Lana Del Rey, dressed in a metallic athletic zip-up, jeggings, and velvet heels, was greeted to a sold out venue of loud cheers and ‘I Love You’s.

To give you a little insight, she is one of the most controversial indie artists out right now. Before she was Lana Del Rey, the New York native was a struggling artist playing gigs in The Empire State. She has since been signed to Interscope and went through a major PR change; transforming into the lush-lipped 50’s Americana broad she is today.

Faced with a roomful of eyes analyzing her every move, it was clear that she was new to performing for large crowds. “Judge me and I’ll kill you,” the sultry-voiced Del Rey jokingly stated. And judge her, they did; Toronto loved her. The crowd’s inhibitions were slowly but surely lost as they swayed to opening song “Without You”.

Crowd pleaser and the track that set off the explosion to her popularity, “Video Games”, was acknowledge by roars and claps. Although Del Rey seldom talked throughout her 40 minute set, the loud banter in the crowd always stopped to listen to her nervous, yet captivating small talk.

At the end, Lana Del Rey strutted back on stage for her encore and charmed the audience one last time with the ethereal “Diet Mtn Dew”.

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