Dua Lipa is the latest big name to have performed a remote set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
The pop star reunited with her band and backing vocalists in a warm-hued studio to rework tunes from her album Future Nostalgia. The English singer was all smiles throughout “Pretty Please” and delivered an emotionally charged performance of “Love Again” that employed soft guitar in place of its original disco sound.
“We are so, so excited to be together,” Lipa gushed midway through the set. “This is the first time the band has been together in ages, we were actually meant to start our tour rehearsals just before the pandemic started—just before the lockdown started, really. So, this is really, really special that we had the opportunity to all get together and put this on from our home in London.”
NPR’s long-running Tiny Desk Concert performances are traditionally recorded behind All Things Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk in Washington, DC, but the media organization had to improvise as the pandemic grounded all musicians. A range of artists have since offered remote sets: Billie Eilish and Finneas painstakingly set up life-sized backdrops of Boilen’s desk to give the illusion of a typical Tiny Desk Concert, Ty Dolla $ign roped Skrillex into his set, and rapper Polo G performed from a basketball court, just to name a few.
Watch Dua Lipa’s performance below: