Gig Review: Dua Lipa at O2 Academy

Watching Dua Lipa on stage at the O2 Academy Newcastle, it hits just how remarkable her year has been.

Every pop artist has a break-though year that sees them shoot to stardom, that’s juts how the industry works. However, you’ll struggle to find a rise quite as stratospheric as Dua Lipa’s.

This is a show that the biggest names in pop would be proud of (although Dua Lipa is arguably the very biggest of those right now) with a hugely impressive setlist.

She knows that as well. Lipa is as cool as they come but whips the audience up into a fiery frenzy from the off with ‘Hotter Than Hell’. After that, it’s hit, after hit, after hit. This is a show that the biggest names in pop would be proud of (although Dua Lipa is arguably the very biggest of those right now) with a hugely impressive setlist.

It doesn’t take the 22-year-old long to launch into the chorus of Sean Paul-feature ‘No Lie’ before moving on to ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’, which sees her blow kisses all over the audience with a smirk.

Even older material, such as a stripped-back version ‘New Love’, that you wouldn’t think newcomer fans would be familiar with is met with a wall of sound in the chorus. The sass of ‘IDGAF’ is arguably the highlight of the night; the fact that the song is merely an album track is mind-boggling given its reception.

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Dua Lipa spells out her ‘New Rules’ for the O2 Academy

 

Despite the heavyweight hits and strong vocals, the one thing that Dua Lipa does need to work on is crowd interaction. There are pictures of her leaping into the audience at other shows on the “Self-Titled Tour”, but there were no signs of that on Friday night at Newcastle. There was the occasional moment of conversation once every five tracks, but that was all. There have been criticisms made in the past about Lipa’s reluctance to drop her cool-girl exterior when performing live and it is understandable why. It’s a shame as the star’s cheeky personality does glimmer through at points and has done in the constant press coverage she’s gained this year.

Nonetheless, a final flourish of ‘Be The One’ and ‘New Rules’ had the O2 Academy pulsing with both being met with unanimous voice. The final, notorious echoes of ‘New Rules’ were left vibrating around the venue as Dua Lipa strode away – one last reminder of the perfection this pop giant is creating.

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