Dua Lipa Osheaga, Montreal QC, August 5

Dua Lipa Osheaga, Montreal QC, August 5
Photo: Chris Bubinas
First thing's first: Dua Lipa is a pop star's pop star. While most of her contemporaries try their best to be relatable, to pen delicate piano odes to heartache — to take selfies with no makeup to prove that they are indeed, one of us, the 22-year-old goes in a different direction. Her highly danceable songs may be relatable; she is not. Her beauty, paired with her soaring voice, is a recipe for the unattainable. She's not here to be your friend, she's here to show you how talented she is — and she'll make you dance (a lot) while doing it.
Opening with "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" to a massive, sold out Osheaga crowd, she danced about the stage wearing all white with black runners, and the packed, sweaty crowd screamed along. Moving through her self-titled debut with "Dreams," "Lost In Your Light" and "One Kiss," Lipa danced alongside her black fringe-clad backup dancers, hitting every note. Taking to an elevated platform to dance like an early 2000s JLo, Lipa surveyed her crowd, giving them exactly what they wanted in heaping spoonfuls.
Hyping up the audience throughout her set, she then headed down into the fray — running, high-fiving and then standing up on the metal barrier, singing "Be the One" to the rapt crowd. She even stopped to sign a copy of her vinyl before heading back on stage. Winding down her set with more of her (many) hits like "Hotter Than Hell" and "Begging," Lipa left the scorching stage with entire festival screaming for more.