Harry Styles Performs at DAR Constitution Hall
By Florence Preza
Harry Styles has the confidence of a veteran rockstar with only 10 songs to his name. His show on October 1st at DAR Constitution Hall was set to be a night to remember: Rolling Stone, among many other well-established publications, all gave glowing reviews of his tour. His opening act, MUNA, was an unknown, gothic alternative band with a female lead singer. It was a fun 30 minute set that got the audience jumping around.
After their set, a larger-than-life curtain bearing Harry’s album art flew down. A choir of screams followed suit. After around ten very long minutes, the curtain dropped. The show started out slowly with his song “Ever Since New York,” presumably about his relationship with Taylor Swift. It was a nice opening, and the energy level slowly went up from there. The peak of the show, I would say, was “From The Dining Table.” The song itself is one of his most vulnerable and emotional songs he’s written. While the crowd sang along, a girl dropped in the section in front of me, we were sitting in the first row of the second section in the floor. The venue security and fans around her rushed to her side to help her; everyone in the last two sections of the floor waved their arms to alarm Harry. He didn’t stop until the song was through, but the fan was taken away by then. She made it out okay, although the cause of her fainting was unknown. He continued to perform his album and some of One Direction’s hits, like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of My Life.”
He did not deliver on some key components of a good show: he failed to make a strong connection with the audience and the set seemed rushed. He barely stopped between songs, and seemed upset with having to stop “From The Dining Table.” However, he did make a point to make sure all the balcony sections were having fun with shout-outs. At one point, he jumped from the stage to a balcony section to quickly say hi to fans. His undeniable charm and dad-like dance moves also gave the show definition. While it is important to recognize that this is his first solo tour, there is definitely room for improvement. We look forward to see what’s in store for this budding rockstar.