Dua Lipa Columbus ‘Future Nostalgia’ dance music show nod to ’80s glam

If there’s a cardinal rule of pop music, it’s, “Make it look easy.”

British singer Dua Lipa passed that test with flying colors in her concert on Saturday night at a packed Value City Arena.

Performing 90 minutes of dance-worthy music, the singer-songwriter bounced, strutted, jumped, skipped, kicked and prowled across two stages connected by a long runway, appearing thoroughly comfortable and at ease.

Her “Future Nostalgia” tour, based largely on the 2020 album of the same name that has produced hit after hit — and for which she won a Grammy for best pop vocal album — kept the focus on the songs from that album, with just a few forays into tunes from her earlier work.

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Both the music and the visuals playfully harkened back to the ’80s, with a nod to that era’s shiny, iridescent vision of the future.

Dua Lipa strutted between two stages via a runway Saturday night.

Before Dua Lipa even emerged, to perform an energetic and mood-setting aerobic version of “Physical,” the 10 dancers who accompanied her throughout were introduced via brief video presentations.

Although Lipa was also accompanied by four background singers and a band, the emphasis on the dancers — a couple of whom also showed off some remarkable roller-skating ability during the show — and on the show’s choreography, was well-deserved.


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