also after the philly show tonight i just want to say a big fuck you to everyone who says “”harry isn’t doing enough” or “that isn’t activism” or claim that we’re praising him too much when it comes to harry holding up the pride flags at his shows, or the trans flags now as well (or any other flag he may choose to wave. i saw a few bi flags there tonight as well). never in my life have i been to a concert where i felt just so universally accepted by everyone there for being queer, both by harry and his band and also by all the fans. when the mini pride flags were being handed out for the project, everyone was so excited to take a flag and thought it was amazing. i saw huge genuine smiles break out on peoples faces. we were sitting on the streets with mini pride flags out all day and no one questioned it. everyone felt free to be open without a worry. do yall know how meaningful that is to me?? people on the street even smiled at it. i saw at least 6 pride flags, big ones, on the line and in the front of general admission. one girl had a pride flag with “treat people with kindness” on it and held it up for harry to see. i walked around with a mini pride flag hanging out of my pant pocket all day, walking up and down the town and i had no concern about it?? i wasn’t scared of what was going to happen, i felt empowered and like i could truly just exist unapologetically as a queer person that day. the event staff took pride flags as well and had them in their pockets. harry was so clearly moved by the fan project to hold up the mini pride flags during sign of the times - i saw him turn to adam beforehand and just whisper ‘wow’ when he noticed. my point is, harry has created the environment in which all of that can happen!! harry created this space where fans can truly just be themselves without a worry and that is so liberating to have?? it matters that he holds the pride flag up so proudly. it matters that he made it a point to bring a pride flag out after it had been wrongfully confiscated. people are getting arrested for daring to bring a pride flag to concerts in other countries right now. so don’t yall dare act like what harry has been doing isn’t important or isn’t a form of it’s own activism and it’s incredible. do you know how moved i was that just… no one cared about people being queer in that room?? everyone walked out of that concert with their flags held high instead of shoving them into their bags and hiding them bc they were afraid to be themselves outside of that room. i saw people empowered to just truly be themselves, maybe for the first time in their lives. i waved the flag out my window as we drove out and people who weren’t able to get a mini pride flag for the project were saddened when there weren’t anymore. yall gotta stop acting like this isn’t some of the most fucking important shit harry has done. creating that strong of a safe space for his fans is an incredible thing he’s done so when yall say “he’s not doing enough” where exactly is he not doing enough??? pull your head out of you ass.
This was my show and let me tell you it was everything I wanted it to be and more. A few ramblings so I don’t forget this feeling later.
Harry is just pure joy on stage, he owns that stage. There isn’t one second he’s up there that you don’t feel it in your bones how much he LOVES it and the crowd gives it right back to him in spades. It’s one big love fest with Harry Styles as the master of ceremonies.
When I first heard the tour set I was surprised he started with ESNY but it’s actually a perfect song to start with, the repeating chorus and echo back from the crowd is a cool way to start off.
FTDT, MMITH and SOTT were just as magical as I hoped they would be and his voice is beautiful live. Carolina and Only Angel were very fun live and he was having a ball singing them.
He goes absolutely CRAZY on Kiwi (which we got twice)….and I’m into it. I’m so glad it is a single and I hope it catches on because there is nothing better than 3000 people screaming I’M HAVING YOUR BABY together at the top of their lungs.
Just a little bit of my heart and Stockholm Syndrome should have always been Harry songs, his arrangements of both are fantastic.
No matter how much they try to act cool about it, everyone is WMYB trash when that first chorus kicks in.
The crowd heckling was hilarious, he’s such a goofball and I love him dearly. The girl with the tiara and the sash totally got called out lol.
His band are all MONSTERS! They are all so talented in their own right and they gel so well as a band and with Harry, it’s really hard to even believe they have only been playing together for a relatively short time. Sarah can kill me with those drum sticks any time.
THE HARMONIES - enough said
Amazing night all around. Most concerts are usually a lot of fun but it’s not always true that you leave one feeling so full of love and joy and just pure contentment. I felt lucky to be one of the 3000 people in that room watching Harry be the star he was born to be and feeling all the love he was giving back to every single one of us.
One of my absolute favorite moments of the Philly show was the end of Red Hill Mining Town. Bono was killing it, and really into the performance (even more so than usual!). He did a little wind up step before the last note of the song, and then was obviously very pleased with how the whole thing went. Adam thought it was good, too!