HARRY STYLES @ MANCHESTER ARENA – LIVE REVIEW

Over the last 8 years, Harry Styles has evolved from manufactured boyband member to fully fledged rockstar, and naturally exudes ridiculous levels of charisma, humour, and charm that most acts can only DREAM of. From the moment he struts out onto the stage in a red custom-made Alexander McQueen suit, the screams are deafening. Styles opens his set with crowd pleasers ‘Only Angel‘, and ‘Woman‘, from his 2017 self-titled debut solo album, an album which surprised many a critic with its flamboyant flourishes of 80s classic rock and 60s psychedelia.

Inevitably, Styles‘ set is sprinkled with nods to One Direction, playing updated renditions of several songs from his behemoth boyband past. ‘Stockholm Syndrome‘ strikes as a crowd favourite, with Styles barely audible over the audience taking great relish in passionately belting every single word back to him. New track ‘Medicine‘ proves to be a hit too, showcasing a sultry, heavier side to Styles as he swaggers around the stage like a young Jagger.

Over on the smaller B-stage, Styles treats us to delicate performances of ‘Sweet Creature‘, and One Direction track ‘If I Could Fly‘, before returning to the mainstage and singing the track that started it all. Styles’ edgier version of ‘What Makes You Beautiful‘ is one of the highlights of the night. It’s clear he’s carved a new path for himself as a sensational solo performer over the last year or so, but this particular touch of nostalgia went down a treat, and there’s no stopping the giddy teenaged fan-girl that still dwells inside every person in the audience that night from singing along.

Styles‘ encore consists of his now customary cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘The Chain‘, and ‘Kiwi‘ which provides the cataclysmic finale. Harry Styles ends the night with poise, never-ending effervescence, and flair, proving himself to be one of music’s most captivating showmen.

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