Culture

Dua Lipa comes home

English-born but proudly Kosovan pop star Dua Lipa is set to headline the Sunny Hill Music Festival in Priština on August 10, the biggest music festival ever to take place in Europe’s youngest country, which celebrated 10 years of independence in February. The festival line-up also features Action Bronson, Martin Garrix and a host of local and international acts.

“Our aim is to create a festival that will put Priština and Kosovo on the music and festival map: a place that loves music and knows how to have fun,” said Dukagjin Lipa, the festival’s organiser and father of Dua Lipa.

“We want to attract visitors from all over the world to come and visit our country and enjoy the festival, and performances from dozens of artists of different genres.”

Dua Lipa first hit the charts in 2016 with her hit Be the One, and quickly found global stardom, not least with her feminist anthem New Rules, the most-streamed song of 2017. At the 2018 Brits she took home both the Best Female Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act awards.

Though Kosovo has a population of under two million people, it has proved surprisingly prolific at nurturing musical talent, with the Kosovo-born British singer Rita Ora also achieving global fame, and Era Istrefi singing alongside Will Smith at last month’s World Cup final. Dukagjin Lipa himself trained as a dentist but was first a singer with a band called Oda, which will reunite to play at the festival.