Dua Lipa issues statement after Shanghai gig


Videos of fans being kicked out of the concert have become widely shared on social media, with most web users criticising the security guards brutal behaviour. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. All the fans are forbidden to stand out and could only sit on to see the show?!?

It's not clear why fans were not allowed to stand up and dance at the concert. "I would love for these last few songs for us to really, really enjoy ourselves - how about that?"

Security guards stormed into the arena holding laser pointers and flash torches shortly after the concert began and when thousands of excited young fans were singing along with Dua Lipa, according to one fan who was at the scene.

She added: "I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows". I want us all to sing, I want us all to just have a really good time ... "I want us all to dance".

Disturbing videos of the incidents show fans being dragged out by security, reportedly for standing up and dancing, and waving the rainbow Pride flag.

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The BBC notes that while homosexuality isn't illegal in China, anti-LGBTIQ sentiment does exist.

A woman who was ejected from the concert with her daughter told the BBC that police were "heavy-handed" and "aggressive" and kicked them out just for standing up during the show.

As more global super stars head to Shanghai with little sign of pre-tour admin being watered down, Dua Lipa might not be the last British export to be greeted with a different atmosphere to what they're used to on the rest of their world tour.

Dua Lipa, in addition to riding high on a wave of pop-song guest spots in 2018, is now making her way around the world on The Self-Titled Tour.

HuffPost UK has reached out to representatives for Dua Lipa for an official comment.