Harry Styles captivates concert goers at PPG Paints Arena

Written By Erin Yudt, For The Globe

On Thursday, Oct. 14, fans crowded the streets, standing in line to enter PPG Paints Arena and eagerly awaiting to experience a night full of music, entertainment and love. Harry Styles took over Pittsburgh with his Love on Tour concert.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, fans were required to be fully vaccinated two weeks before the concert or have a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior. All inside were required to wear masks, including venue staff. Fans were not allowed to camp outside the arena and were only allowed to wait outside starting at 12 p.m. The show started before the concert with the crowd singing many of Styles’s hits as they waited to enter the building.

The concert kicked off at 8 p.m. with a spectacular opening set list from Jenny Lewis. Then at around 8:45, Styles appeared from underneath the stage and serenaded the crowd with “Golden.” The setlist included many hits off of Styles’s Fine Line album including “Lights Up,” “She,” “Cherry,” “Canyon Moon,” “Sunflower Vol. 6,” “Falling,” “Fine Line,” “Treat People with Kindness,” and his two radio hits “Watermelon Sugar” and “Adore You.” Styles even sang a rendition of the One Direction classic “What Makes You Beautiful” and his first solo single “Sing of the Times.”

The 90 minute show was also filled with Styles’ great entertainment skills, asking the crowd why there are so many bridges in Pittsburgh, saying “everywhere you look, there’s another bridge.” He also did his classic bit where he points out people in the crowd who are wearing banana costumes to the tune of “Watermelon Sugar.”

The concert was filled with love, joy, and a comfortable atmosphere. In his opening speech, Styles reassured the audience that this space is one where you can be whoever you want to be and to accept and love yourself no matter what. He also paraded with LGBTQIA+ and Black Lives Matter flags.

Fans left the concert on cloud nine, continuing to sing songs all the way to their cars.