“I have one job tonight and that is to entertain you and I promise you I will do my very best.”
He did not let us down on that promise.
The last time I saw Harry Styles live was around six years ago, when he was still a member of a Zayn-less One Direction. This time around, it was just the man himself; and how times have changed.
Harry walked onstage to the collective screams of the sold-out Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Friday (April 27) and in that regard, not a thing has changed since his One Direction days. It was amazing to see his fans (all 21,000 of them) support him so wholeheartedly; his performance that night gave testament to why.
Wearing a beige suit with white trimmings (with his backing band also following his 70’s fashion aesthetic), Harry kicked off the night with ‘Only Angel’ and ‘Woman’, enthralling the audience with his charisma, voice and his ability to boogie!
At the end of ‘Meet Me In The Hallway’, Harry literally did just that, creating a hallway through the middle of the stadium, greeting his fans along the way, to get to a miniature stage at the back of the arena.
We also got to witness a new love form – between Harry Styles and Daryl Braithwaite.
“Bloody wonderful man Daryl Braithwaite isn’t he, a lovely man. I had a little FaceTime with him yesterday, he’s hilarious… HE’S HILARIOUS!”.
The Aussie legend’s song ‘Horses’ played just before Styles began, but throughout the night he got the audience to sing along to the chorus with him four times, the last time noticing a girl in the audience wasn’t quite vibing his Horse-omage:
“Not into ‘Horses’? I’ve done it enough? Alright, out, that one… joking! Treat people with kindness and all that! You’re allowed an opinion, it’s not a problem! But if you talk dirt on Daryl Braithwaite one more time, you’re out! The man can do no wrong!”.
It has been impressive to see Harry form into a fully realised musician and performer, who still has no problem paying homage to where he came from, and his Sydney show highlighted just how far he has come.