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Dua Lipa Performs ‘The Less I Know the Better’ With Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker

Dua Lipa brought the heat to Glastonbury on Friday night (June 28) — thanks to the pyrotechnics and fireworks, as well as her slew of back-to-back hits — but her headlining set had a fun surprise as well.

During her performance, the pop superstar brought out Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker for a duet of the band’s 2015 hit, “The Less I Know the Better.”

As seen in clips circulating social media, the duo traded verses before coming together on to sing and dance around onstage during the chorus.

“I have written this moment down, I’ve wished for it, I’ve dreamt it,” Lipa told the crowd of what headlining Glastonbury means to her. “When I wrote it down, I said I really want to headline the Pyramid stage on a Friday night so I can party the next two days at the best place on earth.”

Parker worked with Lipa as a co-producer and co-writer on seven tracks off her recently released album, Radical Optimism. “Dua had this focus on finding this sound, which was so elusive,” Parker previously said in an interview with Elle. “But it was nice to be in the engine room of the creative process, rather than worry about being the face of it. It was the experience that I’ve been waiting for.” He described the origins of the first single, the bouncy “Houdini,” as starting with a bass line he plunked out weeks before their session that he realized could work once the singer added a “moody,” post-disco melody. 

“She started singing, and it just immediately made sense,” he added. “This feeling of early-’80s sleaze, in some strange, dark, sweaty club. Gloriously suffocating. Hypnotic.”

Of the songs Parker collaborated on, three became U.K. top 10 singles including “Houdini,” “Training Season” and “Illusion.”

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