REVIEW Dua Lipa was Hotter than Hell at O2 Academy Birmingham

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In a time where it takes artists a lot of work to battle their way into the charts, Dua Lipa caught everyone’s attention when she released her catchy singles that have earned her a wealth of fans and shot her pop stardom.

Her debut self-titled album was pushed back on multiple occasions simply because the 22-year-old wanted to “get it right”, but following its release back in July, Dua became a force to be reckoned with after becoming the first solo female artist to gain a number one single in the UK since Adele’s Hello.

Last night, she took to the stage of the O2 Academy for her sold-out gig in the city. The seventh venue on The Self-Titled Tour, it was clear from the moment that the lights dropped the impression that Dua’s had on her fans.

Her career is still very much in its early stages, but there’s something about this London-born singer-songwriter that seems to be winning over not just teenage girls, but listeners that range from children to women swapping their Saturday night cocktails to a dancing around with someone, who is arguably, one of the biggest names in music right now.

Before she’d even released her album, Dua had people talking after appearing on singles with DJ Martin Garixx in Scared to Be Lonely and Sean Paul on No Lie; both of which climbed their way into the top 15  in the UK singles charts.

Making a mark on the music industry at present is tough, but Dua has been working hard over the last couple of years to make sure her voice is heard, opening for acts including Coldplay and Troye Sivan, until now when she’s been able to take her own music on the road to play for her fans. This year alone she’s packed out a tent at Glastonbury and recently announced an arena tour for 2018.

Opening with her chart-topping single Hotter Than Hell, Dua seamlessly worked her way through her jam-packed set list that was impossibly hard not to dance along to. From the beautiful ballad Garden to the devilishly sassy Blow Your Mind (Mwah) and IDGAF, it takes a moment to remember that this model turned singer is just at the tip of the iceberg, and what she has in store for the future is sure to be impressive.

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Dua kept dialogue to a minimum, which sometimes can be a risk, but her music is so infectious that keeping talking on the low didn’t seem to be an issue. Her vocals are beyond powerful; every note was effortless as breathing, it’s no question that she’s an absolute talent. At one point, she managed to get the entire crowd to sit down before encouraging them to jump and “go crazy”.

Closing with Homesick, Be the One and the soon to be iconic New Rules, Dua Lipa is not messing around when it comes to making music that’s set to dominate the charts and fly the flag for powerful women. This woman is one to watch, guaranteed she can blow your mind.

Dua Lipa returns to Birmingham next April. Click here to find out more!

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