Livestream Review: Dua Lipa // Studio 2054

Following six Grammy nominations, Dua Lipa has returned to the (virtual) stage for a kaleidoscopic journey through Future Nostalgia.

It’s a Friday night in London and our living room has been transformed into Dua Lipa’s neon-filled Studio 2054. A bustling club experience bringing a salvo of special guests, Dua’s biggest bangers and generally an incredible night.

Billed as a star-studded show filled with “mirrorballs, roller discos, bucket hats, belting beats, throbbing basslines and an absolute slam dunk of the best of times”, Dua Lipa’s Studio 2054 certainly delivered on its promises.

Backed by her band and a troupe of dancers, Dua kicks off the fast-paced, hour-long stream with her sophomore LP’s eponymous track. From there, we move almost breathlessly through the first part of the gig; blasting through a trio of tracks from Future Nostalgia

As the show progresses, Dua is replaced on our screens by FKA Twigs for a taste of the singers’ unreleased collaboration. This is just the start of the show’s special guests, as Dua unveils The Blessed Madonna, Angelie, Bad Bunny and more throughout the set.

Moving from scene to scene, we see Dua take over a roller disco for ‘Cool’, dressing rooms for ‘Un Dia’ and ‘Fever’, and an underground nightclub to cover ‘Real Groove’ with none other than Kylie.

The special guests don’t end there, as we get a final appearance in the form of Elton John. Taking over our screens, the veteran of the music world treats us to a quick version of ‘Rocket Man’ before Dua once again takes to the stage for the grand finale. Zipping us through a final, whirlwind tour of Studio 2054, for a glitter-filled ‘Don’t Start Now’.

As far as live streams go, it’s safe to say that Dua Lipa and team have not only exceeded expectations but also set the bar for any future live streams from big pop. Sure, live streams don’t match seeing someone like Dua at a proper gig. But for one night Dua Lipa has done exactly what she set out to do; transform our living rooms into a dance hall for a great time at Studio 2054.

Setlist
Future Nostalgia
Levitating
Pretty Please
Break My Heart
(Untitled) (with FKA twigs)
Physical
Boys Will Be Boys
Cool
New Rules
Prisoner (with Miley Cyrus)
Un Día (One Day) (with J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Tainy)
Fever (with Angèle)
One Kiss
Real Groove (with Kylie Minogue)
Electricity
Rocket Man (Elton John)
Hallucinate
Don’t Start Now

Dua Lipa’s Studio 2054 is now available to stream on-demand from £7.50.

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