A Live Performance That Will Doubtlessly Blow Your Mind
By Ramisha Sattar
On Sunday March 12th, I had the opportunity to see Dua Lipa live on her first American headlining tour at The Door in Dallas TX. Dua is a British song-writer with Albanian descent who entered the spotlight at the age of fourteen by posting covers on her youtube channel. At The Door she played plenty of her hit singles such as, ‘Be The One’ and ‘Hotter Than Hell’ along with several of her unreleased songs.
Her tour kicked off in February in Chicago IL and was followed by stops in twenty more cities across America and Europe. For her Dallas date fans lined up to queue for her show on the Deep Ellum streets as early as eight am. When the doors opened the venue was packed to the back. People from all over Dallas came out to see Dua live and I can honestly say that nobody was disappointed.
After much anticipation following Ro Ransom’s set, Dua made her way down a staircase leading to the stage wearing a black silk slip-dress, knee-high boots and a red bandana. As soon as she stepped foot on the stage her energy filled up the whole room. The set ironically began with a song called ‘Last Dance’ that she released last February. The lively beat in ‘Last Dance’ complemented Dua’s broad vocal range. As she performed she interacted with the whole crowd pausing between songs to talk to us. Dua danced around the stage to ‘Room For 2’, and ‘Hotter Than Hell’, afterwards commenting that she “felt as if she was falling in love,” when she looked at the crowd.
For a single moment in her set, the room quieted down as Dua sang ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’, an emotional song about trying to distract oneself from a past lover. Dua’s soft vocals engulfed the room and there was a strong connection between her and the crowd as they sang along to every word with her. The intimacy within this song unquestionably made this my favorite moment of the performance.
Dua doesn’t have many songs released yet so her set ran a little short but luckily the audience also had the privilege of hearing some of her new unreleased songs such as ‘Genesis’. When Dua introduced the song the crowd began cheering. As it quieted down she sang, ‘In the beginning, God created heaven and earth For what it's worth, I think that he might've created you first’. ‘Genesis’ is a song about forgiveness, filled with an abundance of poetic lyrics that definitely was a song great for wrapping up her set right before the well-known encore, ‘Blow Your Mind’. After ‘Blow Your Mind’ everyone was in such a great mood as they made their way to the merch stands taking photos with the opener band and Dua’s fellow bandmates.
After her set, Dua also came out to meet fans and I got to have a quick conversation with her. She was just as spirited off stage as she had seemed on stage. She stopped to take photos and have a quick chat with every fan on the way back to her tour-bus.
I could go on and on about the fascinating experience of this show but it’s a concert you have to witness for yourself. If you ever have the chance to see Dua Lipa live don’t hesitate to buy a ticket. From her significant energy to her enthralling voice I can tell you it’s no lie that you will have a great time.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Dua and to hearing her new album scheduled for release this June.