Lana on the Rocks

Last night, I got the opportunity to go see Lana Del Rey in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.My sister’s friend Nina was awesome and got tickets on presale. It was practically impossible to get tickets for this concert so I am very fortunate to be able to go.

My sister, her friend Nina, and I
My sister, her friend Nina, and I

For those of you who are not from Colorado or unfamiliar with what Red Rocks is, it’s an outdoor amphitheater built around the natural red sandstone rocks. What’s cool about the park is that it is on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places; it’s been around since 1928.

The rocks as we enter the park
The rocks as we enter the park

 

I have never actually been to Red Rocks, so it is officially crossed off my Colorado bucket list! It overlooks Denver and the view is absolutely gorgeous. I was blown away by the natural beauty of the park and want to visit it again!

View of the Denver skyline from Red Rocks
View of the Denver skyline from Red Rocks

Lana Del Rey sold out all 9,500 seats in the amphitheater. It was part of her American tour, which has two more stops until it is concluded. She during the show that when coming to Colorado 8 years ago, she always wanted to play at Red Rocks and she was finally able to.

The stage before the concert, repping the Colorado pride.
The stage before the concert, repping the Colorado pride.

The opening act was Jimmy Gnecco, who played entirely acoustic pieces. The music was somber, but with very meaningful lyrics. He is definitely someone worth checking out if you are into indie/underground music.

The atmosphere of the concert was unlike all the other concerts I have been in. Since Lana’s music is very somber and slower, it was a more chill vibe among the audience. For attire, boho was the style. Lana herself was wearing a short dress with flared sleeves, something right out of the 70s (she even sung barefoot on stage!). The audience members wore florals, lace, tribal patterns, maxi skirts, crop tops and flower crowns. My goodness, the flower crowns.

The audience framed by one of the red sandstone rocks.
The audience framed by one of the red sandstone rocks.

Lana opened up with “Cola” and closed with “National Anthem,” singing her favorite “Young and Beautiful” and new single “West Coast” in the middle. She is a wonderful performer live, contrary to what I’ve heard from others. Not to mention, she is even more gorgeous in person.

Lana on stage
Lana on stage

The weather was perfect for an outdoor concert – it happened to be around 80 degrees as the high during the day, dropping to 65 at night. It was far enough away from the city so you are able to see the stars at night. It’s away but not too far away.

Panoramic view of the view from the amphitheater at night.
Panoramic view of the view from the amphitheater at night.

Overall, it was a good concert, definitely different than the other concerts (Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, One Direction, Macklmore) just because the sound and atmosphere were different. I hope to see more of Red Rocks in the future, for both concerts and hiking!

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