After almost two years without live music, I couldn’t wait to return to the concert halls.
It’s been a month since I attended my first post-confinement concert, and it was one for the books because he was an artist I adore the most: Harry Styles.
Honestly, I would have been happy to see any artist live, but that made him very special. I kept these tickets for almost two years and survived a postponement.
I waited for this, and it did not disappoint.
For me, a concert is more than music; it’s quite an experience. It is about the dress, the visuals, the staging and the interaction with the audience.
A Styles concert can be compared to the Met Gala. Every outfit, fans and artist alike, is carefully designed in an outrageous and tasteful way, as if they were walking the red carpet.
He dresses every evening in a personalized Gucci outfit, usually a colorful shirt paired with pants supported by matching suspenders.
His fans are giving him value for his money.
Every fan comes dressed to impress, in 70s style outfits, star inspired outfits and outfits that speak out.
I presented myself in an outfit inspired by the cover of the album “Fine Line”: a pink top with puffed sleeves associated with white shorts with gold buttons.
The show was sold out.
I always feel this rush when I walk into a concert hall. It sends chills through my body, and nerves and adrenaline rush through me.
I prepared months before for another postponement. Walking around the building was so surreal, like it wasn’t actually happening.
I was hesitant to go back to live music. COVID-19cthe aces were rising and the pandemic was going nowhere.
However, it reassured me to know that Styles required full vaccination status or a negative COVID test within 48 hours to enter.
The whole concert was like a dream. I can’t express in words what it’s like to see an artist you’ve admired since you were 11 years old.
Singing her music, hearing her voice, seeing her smile live was a moment I thought I could never experience.
I didn’t care that I had seats that were bleeding from the nose. The energy in the stadium made it all the more special.
You could feel the excitement bouncing off the walls of the arena.
Music played while waiting for the artist with songs like “Olivia” by One Direction, “good 4 you” by Olivia Rodrigo and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The crowd sang these songs loud and proud, so loud that you almost couldn’t hear the music.
The stage has been set up so that everyone can see it, with the main stage placed directly in the center and a walkway on either side that divides the arena in two vertically.
The lights went out and the opening sounds of “Golden” played over the speakers. The screams of excitement made me shiver.
I kept staring at my boyfriend trying to figure out the reality and see his reaction and then he screamed and pointed to the scene and Styles was there.
I felt tears on my cheeks. Styles’ smile beamed across the screens and I couldn’t contain myself.
I could feel the music in my bones even from two floors.
He moved around the stage during each song, sometimes staying in the middle or walking down the podium on either side.
The styles made it clear that in this room, you were free to be who you wanted to be; you were free to be yourself.
Standing next to strangers who can be said to be just as excited as you are to be there no matter how well they know the artist is what unites us all.
Everyone in that room had been through something individually and collectively over the past two years, and that’s what made us similar despite our differences, Styles said before playing “Fine Line.”
This song is one of my favorites. For me, this song represents being in between something, stuck in the middle between two sides.
Hearing his voice ringing “Everything will be fine” and hearing those trumpets sounding made tears flow like a river.
The last two years have been difficult and I have often found myself stuck. This song has taken me through the past two years so much.
The pandemic, stress at school and work and family life have all taken their toll on me. But hearing this song was a guarantee that everything will be fine.
Live music is an experience that is made for the moment. You spend days, in my case years, waiting for this moment and then in the blink of an eye, it’s over.
I look at the photos and videos that I have recorded and realize that I did not take as many as I used to.
I was living this moment screaming and dancing and singing with the people next to me because that’s what I’ve been waiting for years to do. I’ve waited too long to hear these songs live and looking back, I don’t regret not taking these videos.
Watching people get excited when he moved, smiled or did a dance, made me smile.
Live music is not the same after locking; it’s better. The small barrier of a face mask and a vaccine is something I’m willing to put up with to experience that euphoric feeling.
Because there is nothing quite like hearing your favorite song live, and it is a feeling that videos or recordings cannot reproduce.
I have two gigs scheduled for next month, and I’m excited to relive that with a different artist, even if it’s not Harry Styles.