I’m still trying to figure out where Lana Del Rey’s fans got their superhuman strength to push their way to the front of a packed crowd to see their idol play her Coachella weekend two set at the Outdoor Stage on Sunday night.
I had the experience of being with a group of people set on getting as close as possible to the front. It was even difficult for the Neutral Milk Hotel fans to find their way out. “WE ONLY LIKE NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL!” said one guy trying to make his way out of the crowd, as though he was offering up the statement as some sort of peace treaty.
Lana delivered the goods vocally, but anyone who was in the front 15 percent of the crowd must’ve had a hard time enjoying things, as a large number of 5’0″ 90-pound women displaying the strength of Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania threw elbows and shoves in order to get closer. Every single hit of Lana’s was accompanied by 30,000 cell phones in the air to record every minute of the show.
Her stage presence still needs some work, but the crowd in attendance could not have cared less. They lost their sh*t when Lana moved into the crowd and started signing autographs and posing for selfies, even kissing a couple fans of hers on the cheek. “Young and Beautiful” and “Video Games” were probably the two best sounding overall and they turned into a giant sing-along from the opening verses.
Lana grabbed what looked to be a cigarette (could have maybe been a joint, 420?) from someone and took puffs in between singing one of her songs, which is fitting given her style of voice would have been perfect for a 1950’s lounge act. She once again took off for the crowd and took more pictures before signing off for the evening in what was the largest crowd of the afternoon.
Words: Mark E. Ortega