Harry Styles’ One Night Only Show brings fans to Long Island: NPR


Elmont, NY (UPS Arena) May 20, 2022: Fans from around the world gathered to watch pop star Harry Styles perform at the UBS Arena on Friday afternoon.

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Elmont, NY (UPS Arena) May 20, 2022: Fans from around the world gathered to watch pop star Harry Styles perform at the UBS Arena on Friday afternoon.

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Harry Stiles He’s on top of the world right now and his biggest fan following him along the way.

To celebrate the release of his latest record Harry’s houseStyles put together an exclusive One Night Only in New York party at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. It was the first time Styles performed his entire new album, on the same day it was shown on streaming platforms.

Thousands of fans from all over the world flew to Long Island for the event, some of them traveling from as far afield as Canada, Ecuador, and Argentina, sometimes even without tickets, just for a chance to attend the event. Although styles are set For a tour Europe and Latin America Later this summer, along with a series of residencies at major North American concert venues in the fall, many fans chose to make a pilgrimage to Long Island for this specific performance.


Despite the rain, fans remained in good spirits as they gathered from all over the world to watch Harry Styles.

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For Nikki Shomali, 16, who was an eight-hour drive from Toronto, even without tickets to the show, it was well worth the risk for a chance to see the styles, especially after the pandemic robbed Shomali and his friends a chance to see his last run. “We’ve been Harry’s fans for a very long time, and we’ve always wanted to be able to see him on the show,” Shumley says. “So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Fans traveled with their parents to see Harry Styles shows at the UBS Arena on Friday afternoon. Pictured here: Yian Chen, Hui Chen Zhou, Nikki Shomali, Diana Tabrizi, Nirvana Jafari, Gilara Manouchehri, Kate Mintz, Elmi Mintz.

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Fans traveled with their parents to see Harry Styles shows at the UBS Arena on Friday afternoon. Pictured here: Yian Chen, Hui Chen Zhou, Nikki Shomali, Diana Tabrizi, Nirvana Jafari, Gilara Manouchehri, Kate Mintz, Elmi Mintz.

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For Dominica Celeri, 19, the chance to see Styles outweighed the dangers of traveling all the way from Ecuador without getting a ticket to the show. “This album is another level for Harry… and to be one of the first to be involved in ‘One Night Only’ is a priority for me,” said Celeri. “I’ve been a fan of him since he was in One Direction. I want to continue to grow with him.” Luckily for Celleri, I got tickets the night before the show.

Maria Sherman, author Bigger Than Life: The History of Boy Groups from NKOTB to BTS and NPR music contributorAnd He says that attending live shows is an essential part of being a fan of Styles, or “Harries” as they call themselves. “With Harry’s performances, people were constantly taking the trip, often traveling to see him at the Forum in Los Angeles or Madison Square Garden in New York because they wanted to feel like they were participating in a standout performance,” Sherman says.

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While the shimmering, shimmering clothes and pop shell styles he plays with may seem superficial, many of his fans are drawn to his political message. β€œHe made it a point to refer to the progressive social and political ideologies that, you know, are historically forbidden in boy space, usually for fear of alienating the public,” Sherman says. “It’s kind of allowing fans to use a fan base to impose or at least relate to the things they care about most, in terms of identity and their community.”


Left: Matthew Sloe and Garrett Reed wait outside the UBS Arena. Right: Abby DeSenzo wears an H and S on the back of her pants to celebrate her love of fashion.

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Left: Matthew Sloe and Garrett Reed wait outside the UBS Arena. Right: Abby DeSenzo wears an H and S on the back of her pants to celebrate her love of fashion.

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Fans show their love for Harry Styles with custom pants and tops bearing the pop star’s name.

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At the concert, Styles began the show with a short speech, encouraging fans to “be whatever you’ve always wanted.” During his brilliant performance of the song “Sign of the Times” he took the Ukrainian flag and the pride flag of the fans, and both wore them throughout the song. For fans, it is such small gestures that make them feel visible who they are and what they believe in.

For Gisele Rocca, 25, a Harry from Miami, these kinds of gestures helped her become more self-confident. β€œI accept myself and am not afraid of being me because he is himself so unapologetic that he taught me to do the same and not be afraid,” Roca says. “I feel I would genuinely love to meet him someday and just say thank you for everything he’s done for me in the last 11 years of my life as a kid, as a teen, as an adult now.”


Fans Abigail La Rosa, Stephanie Vega and Giselle Roca wait in line to watch Harry Styles perform. The three friends traveled from Florida to see the concert.

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Fans Abigail La Rosa, Stephanie Vega and Giselle Roca wait in line to watch Harry Styles perform. The three friends traveled from Florida to see the concert.

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