Dua Lipa - o2 Academy, Leeds
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The last time I saw Dua Lipa was over a year ago, since then she has had a Number 1 single and her debut album is still high in the album chart with the Leeds gig being a sell out.
Her fans tend to be mainly female, not surprising when the lyrics to a lot of her songs can be appreciated from a female perspective about relationships.
With her 3 piece band her tracks live tended to have a more rhythmic feel than on the recorded version, bringing to mind how Ellie Golding tends to sound live. At times her drummer made the songs sound more tribal especially on opening songs, Hotter Than Hell and Dreams.
A shortened version of No Lie the track she did with Sean Paul gets a brief hearing at the end of Dreams.
"It's really good to be in Leeds" she offers the fans - She looks like she means it too and seems happy to be there as she plays every inch of the stage hardly keeping still.
She has some of the best pop tracks of the last year: Lost in Your Light was turned into a celebration whilst Blow Your Mind (Mwah) had the swagger, confidence and cheek that marked it out as a highlight of her set.
Thinking Bout You benefits being performed with just her and her guitarist; thankfully it was a golden moment to hear the purity of her voice in a simple setting.
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By the time we get to the encores of Homesick and Be The One she had made an hour seem to pass by far too quickly.
Witney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody plays over the PA as the audience shuffle out of the venue. It had been a pleasure to dance with Lipa who surely will be in the BRIT nominations next year and deservedly so. A big talent with a big future in front of her.
Dua Lipa - o2 Academy, Leeds, 10th October 2017, 10:02 AM