Harry Styles, a man that has yet to disappoint me, has maintained his godlike status after I was lucky enough to attend his Philadelphia Love On Tour stop.
Harry Styles’ fan base fashion is unmatched and must be appreciated. Like Harry sings in “Cherry,” “there’s a piece of you in how I dress.” This could not be more true for his fans because it felt like there was a dress code for entry at the concert. Nearly 19,000 Harry fans showed up in their best and brightest ensembles in an attempt to impress the king of fashion. I was so utterly impressed by the outfits of every single person I ran into, and there was absolutely no lack of style.
As for Harry himself, he was sporting a pink button-up, baby blue slacks, and a pair of white leather boots. No one could’ve worn it better.
Jenny Lewis kicked off the night as the opening act, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed her set. She had a very funky and eccentric vibe about her, and I was disappointed when her show came to a close. If you are interested in her music, my two favorite songs from her set were “She’s Not Me” and “Do Si Do.”
There was about a 45-minute break between Jenny Lewis’s final song and Harry Styles’ performance. I will say to whoever created the playlist for that time: I would like to buy you dinner. You did a fantastic job.
While many are critics of Harry’s questionable romance with Olivia Wilde, the One Direction song “Olivia” brought the house down. The entire arena sang along to the nostalgic song and then later talked about whether or not we stanned Harry and Olivia’s relationship. After the concert, I found out via Twitter that Olivia Wilde was present in the audience supporting Harry.
Finally, after what felt like an eternity, the arena lights went out, and I was enveloped in the screams of Harry fans all around me. He opened with “Golden,” and experiencing him sing that song in person felt ethereal and absolutely breathtaking. I was so excited that the setlist featured songs from both “Harry Styles” and “Fine Line.” I’m pretty sure I shed a single tear during “Cherry,” but other than that, I was bopping to every song and couldn’t have enjoyed my experience more. I am a true “Canyon Moon” stan, and I can wholeheartedly say that was my favorite performance of the night.
At any Harry Styles concert, there is a fair amount of audience interaction to be expected. One fan in the pit was lucky enough to catch the attention of Harry, and it happened to be her 21st birthday. Of course, the arena proceeded to sing “Happy Birthday” following directions from Harry. Additionally, this may be a contentious issue, but Harry Styles is 100% team Wawa and made it known that he was looking forward to his post-performance Wawa run.
Overall, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to see Harry Styles and will absolutely take out a loan to see him again in the future. The energy and love he has for his fans are unmatched. Harry puts on a great show, and I would encourage everyone to see him if you have the opportunity. I also made several friends at the concert and realized that Harry’s fanbase takes his trademark “treat people with kindness” to a new level. Everyone was so happy to be together in Philadelphia, seeing Harry Styles sing a few songs. The joy at the arena did not go unnoticed, and I will say that it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.