Harry Styles brings a ‘Golden’ performance to thousands after a long two year wait for his concert in San Jose

Natalie Welch

On Thursday Nov. 11, Harry Styles performed his 34th show of ‘Love on Tour’ at the SAP center in San Jose. Fans bursted through the arena doors, finally emerging from the snaking lines and buzzing crowds, some waiting since 8 a.m. People dressed in vibrant beams of colors and sparkles, in hopes that their idol would catch a glimpse of them. Anticipation rushed through the crowd, and the moment Harry Styles stepped out on stage, uncontrollable roaring ensued.

Glistening on the big screen, the arena gets lit up by a disco ball during the song Lights Up

Margot Johnson, a senior who had the chance to attend the concert, could not contain herself in the hours leading up to showtime. She spoke to her nerves and excitement right before Styles performed.

“I think it hasn’t quite hit me that I am seeing him in a couple hours,” Johnson said. “I think I will be the most excited right before and then after I will be very sad, especially because I have been waiting so long to go.”

 Originally the concert would have taken place on August 23, 2020, but it was cancelled and rescheduled numerous times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Over a year later the show was finally able to happen. 

“My friend and I have had our tickets probably for two years and from the time we bought them to now, my friend has graduated college and now it’s amazing to have her back in town [for] the concert,” Johnson said.

According to Gracie O’Connell and Sienna Garsten, two juniors who got front row spots in the pit together, Styles’ entrance from beneath the stage was angelic. 

“When he came up, I didn’t even think he was real,” Garsten said. “He looked like a hologram. He was perfect.”

O’Connell felt the same disbelief as she saw Style’s silhouette slowly appear on the stage.

“Everything was silent and then the platform started to rise, it was beautiful when he came on,” O’Connell said. “I remember being in complete shock that he was real.” 

The whole performance felt like a dream come true to many, seeing someone who is only ever portrayed through a screen or a tabloid, now merely a couple feet away.

“Honestly he was exactly like I imagined him on social media and through videos. In person his voice, his hair, everything is all exactly the same. It felt like I was watching a video of him,” O’Connell said. 

In the front row, Garsten and O’Connell were extremely close to Styles, and were able to have a few exchanges with him. 

Anticipating the concert, Sienna Garsten and Gracie O’Connell are ready for the show to start. (Photo Courtesy of Sienna Garsten)

“We did have some interactions with him. He didn’t talk to us but he looked at me a couple times and he blew me a kiss and waved. He also threw water at us, so I was basically christened by Harry Styles,” Garsten said.

As the two year wait came to an end and Styles played his final song, Kiwi, the post concert depression slowly creeped in. 

“I definitely have post concert depression already, but I am still kind of in shock. It is something that a lot of people have been waiting for, for years and so I am still processing it,” O’Connell said.

Garsten added that she feels so many fans were grateful to be able to experience the show and see Styles in his element doing what he loves.

I think he was so happy last night, even though he said he was exhausted. He lives off of crowd interactions, which just makes me so grateful to be able to see him and experience him in real life,” Garsten said. 

The concert was able to make its way back to Larkspur. The Friday after the concert, Redwood students proudly presented their own Styles’s tour merch throughout Redwood’s halls. Styles’ unique artistry has impacted thousands of fans worldwide and instilled a sense of love and comfort. 

“I just love him as a person because he is so charismatic, he is one of the big figures in the LGBTQ community so that means a lot to see him be so supportive,” O’Connell said. “He makes me feel safe.”