San Francisco audiences are known to be some of the warmest when it comes to receiving acts that they genuinely love. Well, Dua Lipa must be high on that list because, at last night’s sold out performance at the Masonic, it was LOUD. VERY LOUD. So loud, that the singer known for her deep and sultry vocals exclaimed a few songs into the show, “San Francisco, you have to be the loudest crowd so far!”
The crowd that consisted mostly of flamboyant men wearing sexy satin nightgowns (obviously inspired by Dua’s latest video “New Rules”), as well as tweens and their middle-aged moms, had all trekked out to the Masonic on a school night to show their support for a young lady that’s quickly on her way to superstar status.
And I don’t use the term superstar lightly. Last night at least, few in the audience could contain their adoration for their idol Lipa. And so after around the third song of the set, Dua took the time to show her gratitude to her loyal fans. But not without shedding a few tears in the process. The display of emotion was an endearing one from the young pop starlet that’s come a long way. I saw her a couple of years ago at the much smaller Great American Music Hall, and judging by these two shows I wouldn’t be surprised if by her next album she’s already headlining arenas.
The lead singer herself was sporting what’s now become her iconic combination of black leather pants with white tank tops, and from beginning to end tied one hit song after the next for a night of pop music that can only be called epic. Accompanying the singer on stage was a full band (drums, bass, guitar) that played its heart out. These cats could play and added an extra element to the normally electronic sounding songs. All were backed by an elaborate interactive video background with 80s inspired designs and cuts from her many videos.
Dua Lipa has what it takes to break big. Her voice is an exciting mix of maybe a Lady Gaga tinted with tones of Amy Winehouse but with the looks of a European supermodel. Her songs are well written, passionate and addictive. The mix is a potent combination that will no doubt catapult her to the top of the music scene. It’s just a matter of time.
Photos by Louis Raphael