Dua Lipa: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Published 2020-12-04
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Dec. 4, 2020 | Abby O'Neill -- With a genuine smile stretched across her face, Dua Lipa seems overjoyed to reconnect with her band for their only performance since their tour in support of her sophomore album, Future Nostalgia, was cancelled in March. Glowing from the inside out and accentuated by the apricot hues of a backdrop in a London studio, Dua and her backup vocalists and band bring life and warmth into households in need of "levitating" and some pep in their step this winter. This vibrant four song set of dance hits, all from Future Nostalgia, will surely have you cutting up the floor in your kitchen while quarantining in the cold weather.

While we can't film our Tiny Desk concerts at NPR's D.C. office during the pandemic, our "home" series has created opportunity for global megastars like Dua Lipa to bring her uptempo dance joints all the way from London. Of Kosovar Albanian descent, Dua Lipa was raised in the UK and rose to super stardom in the three years since her eponymous debut album dropped in 2017. NPR Music featured her in our docu-series Noteworthy at the onset of her career. It's been extraordinary to witness her colossal takeover of the pop music landscape. Dua sums the times during her intro of "Love Again": "It's about manifesting good things into your life, when things aren't quite going your way."

"Pretty Please"
"Love Again"
"Don't Start Now"

Dua Lipa: vocals
Matthew Carroll: bass
Alex Lanyon: guitar
Naomi Scarlett: vocals
Ciara O'Connor: vocals
Izzy Chase: vocals
Matt Maijah: vocals

Video: Ceremony London, James Barnes
Audio: WFB Live, Will Nicholson
Producer: Abby O'Neill
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Associate Producer
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

All Comments (21)
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  • @katiecooke5438
    this is the best thing that has every taken place inside of a papaya
  • @LekhaPReddy
    The bassist is SO groovy, he deserves more praise
  • @jdl2180
    The bass playing is incredible
  • A bass, a guitar, 4 vocals and Dua playing and singing on a track. That's it. But they're all so extraordinary talented. WOW!!!
  • @diogolsq5295
    as long she keeps this insane bass lines in her songs i'll be here.
  • @Zoe-Dixon
    So much nicer live and not over- produced. Everybody's layin' it down perfectly.
  • Whomever is handling the sound engineering on these tiny desk concerts needs a raise EVERY SINGLE TIME!
  • @Iamchrisshorts
    The dude is killing his harmonies like I can hear him idk but he getting it
  • @user-vl9ib1ep3d
    Dua's musicians are impeccable, they play very clearly, the bassist breaks it. tremendooooo groooove!!! YAAS!.
  • @user-uk9er5vw4c
    I'm not usually into pop but Dua Lipa is so good, she's gorgeous, and those bass lines are fire
  • @ofirbenezra8735
    Whoever was in charge of arranging the harmonies deserves a raise
  • Holy smokes! That’s her real voice?! 😃 Singing every line and note like a true lead. Notice she’s taking no breath-breaks! Back-up tapping out…!
  • @epr8974
    Dua Lipa's funk and disco turn has elevated her from just another pretty pop face to one of the hottest things happening in music right now.
  • @dawnnpark
    why is no one talking about how bomb her fit is its like a classy 80s/90s fashion modernized? :O