Live Review: Harry Styles @ Genting Arena, Birmingham, 07/04/18
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Birmingham's Genting Arena was blessed with an hour and a half of Harry Styles last Saturday evening. Despite the solo rocker coming straight from of the world's biggest boybands, the crowd inside the show wasn't quite as expected - sure, mostly girls, but an older group than what you'd expect at 1D's performances. These seemed to be fans who had grown along with Harry.
Hélène Marie PambrunOpening up the night was London based R&B artist Mabel, who performed a half hour set which included chart hits 'Finders Keepers' and 'Fine Line'. Wearing a shiny tracksuit and trainers, she had a confident swagger about her as she danced around the stage, hyping up the crowd for the night's main event. She thanked Harry for asking her to join him on the tour, which earned an ear piercing scream from the crowd. With an interval of half an hour, every superfan is on edge; every curtain movement receives a scream, and every Tom, Dick and Harry (pun not intended) that walk around the restricted areas receive a scream. A curved screen lowers to hide the stage soon to be illuminated with a looping animation of a figure in a pink suit, that can only be identified as Harry with the rings and tattoos, solving a Rubik’s cube. Fans watch intently, wondering whether "the Rubik’s gets solved just before he comes on stage...” Correct. The lights dimmed, and all focus was on the animation. Everyone stood up immediately - anyone with seats hoping for a chilled night with a drink in hand had no chance. Rubik’s cube solved. Enter Harry Styles. Harry stands there, in a blue suit with a black stripe down the trousers and some black and white brogues. It's not his most elaborate suit of the tour, but still funky nevertheless. The crowd are uncontrollable and my intial "it won't be like the One Direction concert I went to in 2014" thoughts are taken back. Girls are screaming, someone somewhere was definitely crying.