CONCERT REVIEW: Harry Styles brings mix of old favorites, new songs to Glendale


Yvette Bolinger, Aztec Media

Harry Styles played to a sold-out Gila River Arena in November and the show had something for new and old fans alike.

Styles had many artists scheduled to open for the different places he was going to. The artists he chose for Arizona were Jenny Lewis, Arlo Parks, Mitski, Koffe, and Wolf Alice. For the North American leg of the tour, Jenny Lewis opened. She had a setlist of nine songs including “Head Underwater” and “Puppy and a Truck.” She was happy and excited to be there, she explained the meaning behind her songs, and she even had the crowd meet her dog. After ending her performance, she thanked the crowd for jamming with her.

Styles’ setlist was mostly made up of the songs from his last album Fine Line such as “Golden”, “Lights Up”, “Treat People With Kindness”, and the album’s self-titled song “Fine Line.” The setlist also included songs from his other self-titled album Harry Styles. All tracks played at the concert were filled with colorful lights and lots of background visuals on the stage screens displayed above the crowd. Harry had so much energy that emitted into the audience. We were dancing and singing along with him throughout the whole concert. He was interactive with the crowd. He talked to us, made sure we were okay, made jokes, and even sang a fan “Happy Birthday”.

After singing to the awe-struck fan, Harry went on to play a few more of his songs that are not so widely known, but popular among his fans, including a One Direction song titled “What Makes You Beautiful.” He then went into a brief intermission with his band to give them an opportunity to rest. Coming back from intermission, Harry and his band set up for their last round of songs.

His last round of songs were “Sign of the Times”, “Watermelon Sugar”, and “Kiwi”. “Sign of the Times” was an emotional, heartfelt song that makes the crowd feel a close connection to Harry. “Watermelon Sugar” is one of his most popular songs; it gives the crowd that uplifting and energy that they need after the previous sentimental song and to get prepared for the final song.

Closing with “Kiwi”, Harry had the utmost energy anyone can ever have. He was hyping up the crowd, throwing water, and rocking with fans. After the song ended, Harry and his band thanked the crowd before his band walked off the stage, leaving Harry to soak up his final moments with his fans. Harry waved, blew kisses, said his goodbyes before doing his final bow and running off stage.