This Saturday May 7th, Dua Lipa was finally playing at SportPaleis… for the second time! Announced when the whole tour was rescheduled for the 3rd time from October 2021 to May 2022, this show sold out (99%) like the first one! Does it worth it? Spoiler alert: yes! Was this second show better than the day before? Spoiler alert: yes!
November 2017, Dua Lipa is playing her biggest show in her young career: a soldout Lotto Arena with more than 8000 people. As soon as she finished the show, she ran to the venue next door: the SportPaleis. Why? Because Metallica is playing there. And as she said during her show tonight, she wanted only one thing after seeing this: play at SportPaleis one day. And this Friday May 6th, her dream came true. And like Metallica, she played there twice on the same tour!
BETTER SHOW FOR THE OPENING ACT
To open her shows on selected shows, she invited Griff, a young singer but promised to a great career with already a few hits known by a big part of the crowd. If yesterday, the show was 15 minutes delayed, she starts at 8.00pm sharp this time. The venue was almost full for her show so it didn’t sound empty and the crowd was already motivated. Way more than yesterday! Her bigger hits like Black Hole received a great answer from the crowd and it seems she really liked it! Even if they were all waiting for Dua Lipa – obviously -. Before the end of her 30 minutes set, Griff took a moment to say how much she’s thankful to the British singer for inviting her on this tour, how kind she was when they speak together, etc. The classic gratitude moment but she seems sincere… even if she said exactly the same thing as the first night. Did she learn her speech?!
Set-list : Say It again, Walk, Forgive Myself, One Foot In Front Of The Other, Head On Fire, One Night, Shade Of Yellow, Black Hole.
After a 30 minutes break and a Hoegarden Rosée costing 5€ for 33cl, we’re back on our seats to enjoy the show of the new Queen of the Pop (or at least, one of the candidates)! As we attended the show on Friday, we knew exactly what to expect. But the show was so good that we wanted to go back: a few tickets were available on Ticketswap, which is really a great platform!
Playing the biggest arenas like this, with many dancers on stage and this kind of music, it’s not a surprise she plays the same set every night. Pop or metal, it’s the same for everyone. Only a few acts can deliver a different set like the Red Hot Chili Peppers because it’s natural for them to jam on stage and they don’t have big production with 10 people around them on stage.
THE NEW ALBUM “FUTURE NOSTALGIA” IN FULL
So, like the first night, the show started with the introduction of all the people we’re gonna see on stage: singers, dancers, musicians and, of course, the one and only Dua Lipa. With Physical as the opening song, it couldn’t be much better! Sound is great, the big screen behind the stage and small screens on both sides of the stage is a good add. Everything is like yesterday but there’s something different. The feeling is different. And we’re gonna have confirmation with the second song, New Rules: the audience is on fire, the energy is way bigger and even Dua Lipa mentioned it quickly. No doubt, we made the right choice to come back!
Once again, the show was divided into 5 parts: the 3 first were the biggest ones with 7, 4 and 4 songs. The other was with one song and the last part was obviously the encore, with 2 songs. Each with different ambiances, different musical arrangements with some songs played without musicians on stage, different clothes for Dua Lipa (sometimes just a few small changes), different songs played between the different parts too. Definitely a big party! And this time, the crowd is at the same level as the artist so we can all have a sick time!
All the songs have a great success but some are definitely on a higher level, every part got its momentum: Break My Heart was the first one. This single, with Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums on the studio album, has such a funk vibe and sounds even more powerful and more groovy live. One of the best songs of the evening. The second highlight was Fever, the single she released featuring Belgian pop star Angele. They performed the song together in London a few days ago and Angele had a 5 days break on their tour in France so everybody hoped to see her in her own country tonight… hell no. We felt the disappointment in the whole arena for a few seconds but then everybody was singing and had a great time with this killer song, watching Angele‘s video on screen during her parts. The next highlight – even if the whole show was at a very high level – was Cold Heart, the collaboration between Dua Lipa and Elton John. Huge song. Huge response from the crowd. It was also the moment she chose to grab a rainbow flag around her and her colleagues on stage. It was almost the end of the show and it could only end in an epic way. Last song before the encore: the massive hit Levitating. And then the duo Future Nostalgia + Don’t Start Now. With a great end in confettis.
Setlist- Physical, New Rules, Love Again, Cool, Pretty Please, Break My Heart, Be The One / We’re Good, Good In Bed, Fever, Boys Will Be Boys / One Kiss, Electricity, Hallucinate, Cold Heart / Levitating / Future Nostalgia, Don’t Start Now.
Dua Lipa proved tonight that at only 26 years she’s one of the biggest pop stars right now! Selling more than 44k tickets, playing 1h30 with only big hits everybody knows and selling out all the arenas possible in Europe. Between live show and dancing party, she delivers the show we all expected! Maybe a few more songs from the first album next time? But it’s really to look at the small default in an awesome evening!