The new Queen of Pop, Dua Lipa, continues her reign.
This past weekend, Dua Lipa, alongside Martin Garrix and Action Bronson, headlined the first ever Sunnyhill Festival in her home country of Kosovo, organised by her father, Dukagjin Lipa. Now, Dukagjin Lipa isn’t just known for being the father of the creator of the ‘New Rules’, he himself is a famed Kosovian musician, just like Dua and now he’s organised the largest ever musical festival to have ever taken place in the country.
Dua Lipa was presented with the first ever key to the city of Prishtina, Kosovo by the Mayor of Prishtina, Shpend Ahmeti in an intimate ceremony which her father too attended. On Instagram, Dua Lipa writes that it is ‘Such an honour’ and has documented the journey to Sunny Hill Festival for quite some time. Just lack week she shared a photograph, to her 16 million followers, of herself and her father holding a press conference discussing the Sunny Hill Foundation, founded by Dukagjin Lipa, which has raised over €100,000 for charities, cultural organisations and music schools across Kosovo.
Dua Lipa shared the photographs on Twitter alongside a caption which said ‘“Ndihem shumë krenarë që mund të kontribojmë për ardhmerinë e rinise, kultures dhe arteve permes Sunny Hill Foundation & Festival”, which can be translated from Albanian to roughly mean “I am very proud that we can contribute to the future of youth, culture and arts through the Sunny Hill Foundation & Festival”.
It is expected that Sunny Hill Festival and the Lipas will return in 2019.
Dua Lipa is currently working on her second album and dominating this year’s festival season, having just played at Budapest’s Sziget Festival to a crowd of over 75,000 people.
Earlier this summer, Dua Lipa collaborated with Calvin Harris on ‘One Kiss’, which has become one of the biggest tracks in the UK in 2018 and has recently been nominated at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards as ‘Best British Solo Artist’.
Words by: David Thomas