Dua Lipa reminds fans of the thrills of live music | Rebecca Nicholson

Dua Lipa reminds fans of the thrills of live music | Rebecca Nicholson
After months of lockdown, the postponed Brit awards offered an instant uplift

Usually, I find the Brit awards to be as dry as a mouthful of oatcakes, but this year’s postponed ceremony seemed fresher than in recent years, working within the disruptions caused by the pandemic to put on a more creative, exuberant evening. Following a couple of closely monitored trials, it was one of the first landmark music events to have welcomed back an audience, of 4,000 people, mostly key workers, all extremely up for it.

There was a split second when the excitement of a crowd simply being there gave me goosebumps. Some of the performances were videos broadcast into the O2 Arena – the Weeknd sang in a stormy box, while Coldplay appeared with holographic backing dancers on a pontoon on the Thames, just outside – and I thought reigning queen Dua Lipa might be performing via video, too.
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