The Love on Tour fever returned to Scotland as fans dressed in colourful dress, boas, sunglasses and bucket hats descended upon Murrayfield stadium on 26 May for the first of two Edinburgh shows.
Opening for Styles on this leg in place of Mitski are Wet Leg, the viral indie rock sensation behind Wet Dream.
The duo put on a great show, opening with Being In Love, also the opening song of their debut LP.
They went on to try and garner more crowd participation, to mixed results. While the crowd enthusiastically joined in with a very loud scream to release negative energy, the ‘excuse me? what’ callback in their other viral hit, Chaise Longue, lacked this participation.
When Harry himself hit the stage at around 8.30pm, the crowd cheered wildly as he started with Daydreaming, one of the songs from 2022’s Harry House, his third LP, before going into two hits from his critically acclaimed 2019 album Fine Line – Golden and Adore You. Both performed with some of the best energy of the night.
The first of two One Direction covers – Stockholm Syndrome – got most of the crowd going, although some non-directioners amongst them stood confused. The same was not the case for That’s What Makes You Beautiful, a song everyone and their granny knows and danced to accordingly.
For some breathing room in between the boppier songs, Harry played Matilda, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, a bittersweet ballad about found family, with torches and tears galore.
To segue between songs, there was some banter with the crowd (‘play medicine, ya fanny!’), as well as Harry doing a gender reveal – it’s a boy! – for a member of the crowd and singing Happy Birthday to Stevie Nicks.
Ending the night was Sign of The Times, As It Was – with one of the loudest ‘Leave America’s maybe ever? – and rocker Kiwi.
With his banter, wit and pop-perfect voice, Styles is one of the greatest main pop lads of this generation and he continues to prove it.
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