There’s nothing quite like attending a Harry Styles concert. A charming young Brit with an iconic voice and a phenomenal amount of success under his belt, the ‘Sign of the Times’ crooner is one person who needs no introduction. Ever since taking a break from being part of the world’s biggest boy band, the former One Direction member’s career has only gone in one direction – up.
Barely six months after staging a smaller-scale show at The Star Theatre last November, the 24-year old proved that he’s perfectly capable of commanding a 6,000-strong audience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 May. It was 90 minutes of pure musicianship, nostalgic singalongs and all-around good vibes as the burgeoning rockstar treated us to yet another unforgettable show – and boy, what an emotional ride it was.
#1 THE ANTICIPATION
Singapore, Live On Tour. pic.twitter.com/enOoKXvre0
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) May 4, 2018
We’ve participated in our fair share of waiting games for plenty of shows before, but this was the most painful yet intriguing one by far. As we wait for Hazza to take the stage with bated breaths, a series of abstract and thought-provoking animations of rubric cubes played over and over in a hypnotic manner on the big screen. The suspense drove the audience crazy – it was clear that this natural-born star knew very well the effect he had.
#2 THE AWE
From the minute he stepped out on stage, the charming heartthrob was already blowing kisses left and right – all while flawlessly belting out the notes to the opening number ‘Only Angel’. Looking ever so dashing in a blinding golden shirt, the curly-haired wonder sauntered onstage to ear-splitting applause; to say that he looked like a god in gold would not be an overstatement. With his effortless charisma and alluring vocals, complete with the all-out visual assault of pop art graphics and theatrics, we were thoroughly entertained from the start to finish.
#3 THE HIGH
Powering through the set with aplomb, Harry had the crowd hyped up right from the get-go as he churned out hit after hit. Although the concert started out on a slow note, it didn’t take him long to shake off his initial nerves and get back to what he does best: working the stage. “I have one job, that is to entertain you. You also have one job, that is to enjoy yourself,” he exclaimed. “So if you wanna dance, dance. Feel free to be whoever you wanna be in this room!” Busting out quirky moves that could rival even Mike Jagger, Harry’s infectious dancing mid-performance got everybody up on their feet in an instant.
#4 THE AMUSEMENT
Not only is Harry incredibly talented, he’s also blessed with that signature British humour we all know and love since his One Direction days. His effortless banter with the audience kept us hooked onto his every word. One particular bit that had us in stitches was when he rallied the entire crowd to sing a birthday song to a fan, but it turns out that her birthday was actually four days later, leaving a bewildered Harry in disbelief. “You are all liars! I trusted you. I trusted all of you,” he playfully chided the fans.
#5 THE NOSTALGIA
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Despite his individual success, Harry has never distanced himself from the band that started it all, which only makes us adore him even more. Not only did ‘Olivia’ play before he came onstage – pleasantly surprising Directioners in the audience – he also dedicated a substantial part of his setlist to songs he had previously written for 1D such as ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, ‘If I Could Fly’ and ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. Being able to identify with his boy band roots and simultaneously build a sound he could call his own, isn’t something many artistes in the same boat could have done. We all got rather emotional when the singer took a sombre moment to thank the fans who have been supporting him for the past three years. Here’s to many more!
Image credits: Hélène Marie Pambrun
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