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Madisyn Siebert, Staff Writer

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Harry Styles: an artist known for his immense popularity in the band One Direction, a budding acting career in “Dunkirk” and now his solo career. Styles released his debut solo album titled “Harry Styles” on May 12 of this year. He has since done promotion through various outlets such as “Saturday Night Live” where he appeared as the musical guest and even starred in a few skits. What made his fans most happy was the announcement of his small tour that would include only 29 dates–13 of those dates being the North American leg–all at small venues instead of the stadiums he could easily sell out.

The fourth stop on his tour on Sept. 26 was Chicago where he played the famous Chicago Theatre that holds a mere 3,600 people. The line went down a block and then turned a corner, continuing to go down another block of people waiting for the doors to opened at 7 p.m. Many girls were turned away at the door due to fake tickets, and some girls waited outside, hoping someone would have an extra ticket for them to buy.

Once inside the venue, the buzz and excitement that radiated throughout the crowd was amazing. Styles had asked MUNA, an American electro-pop girl band, to open the show. They helped set the stage for Styles and amped the crowd up for the awaited star.

Styles soon started off the show behind a pink floral sheet, his aesthetic for his album, with soft hums as his shadow was projected onto the sheet. Then, the music started and there stood Styles with his guitar and band, singing his song, “Ever Since New York.” It was easy to pick Harry out from his band members, not just because he was center stage, but because of his green-and-pink-sparkled custom Gucci suit that made the 23-year-old literally radiate light.

The singer flew through the following two songs before finally introducing himself as Harry from England. He showed appreciation for the crowd and even asked for the house lights to be turned on so he could admire the crowd standing before him. He then went into his own rendition of the One Direction song, “Stockholm Syndrome,” stating that if you had seen him before on tour, you may know this song. The crowd went into a frenzy as they say along to the song.

Harry continued entertaining his guests with a few more songs before pausing and acknowledging that whenever he came to Chicago, he was always told he needed to try the pizza. He continued playful banter with the crowd, making them cheer for which famous pizza joint they preferred, and finished in true Harry Styles fashion with a cheesy joke. He then introduced his next song, which he wrote for Ariana Grande, “Just a Little Piece of Your Heart.”

The Englishman quickly transitioned into another One Direction song, a twist on “What Makes You Beautiful,” which got the crowd even more excited than they already were. He soon switched back to an original, and hyped up the crowd with his song “Kiwi,” a rock ‘n’ roll-influenced song that made everyone in the room dance, including Styles himself as he sang to the crowd, “I’m having your baby, it’s none of your business.” Harry also is famous for grabbing a pride flag at all of his shows, even from his days in One Direction, and the man fulfilled fans’ expectations by picking one up from the audience and prancing around stage with it.

Styles then exited the stage, only to reappear for the encore where he started off with his original song, “Meet Me in the Hallway,” a very soft, heartfelt song that made the crowd settle down to hear the man sing. Styles then introduced the next song as one of his favorite songs and began to sing “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac–Styles has done duets with Stevie Nicks before at the Troubadour and has been spotted at Fleetwood Mac concerts in the past. He got the crowd energized and then thanked them all for attending. He made sure to mention his motto “To treat people with kindness” before the notes of Styles’s debuted single “Sign of the Times” began to fill the venue.

Harry performed his show like an artist, not an entertainer.It was just him up there with his guitar, mic and band–no visual effects needed. He stunned the crowd and made sure that no person would leave disappointed; it’s a show fans will look back on and be proud to say they saw in such an intimate venue.

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