Music review: Harry Styles at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow ***
This was the only Scottish date of his debut solo tour, essentially a warm-up to next year’s arena tour, and it was a relatively plain affair – no big screens encouraging hysterical fans to scream if they wanted to go faster. Those screams were reserved for his silhouette, with guitar in hand, heralding a set of pleasant but unspectacular guitar pop which threw about some light touch Oasis – and therefore Beatles – references and borrowed blatantly from Elton John on the sturdier, guitar shredding Woman.
Styles freely admitted to the paucity of his solo catalogue at this early stage, so the set was embellished with Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart, which he wrote for Ariana Grande, and a couple of One Direction numbers – Stockholm Syndrome from their “mature” period and their debut hit You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful given a partial mod rock makeover – before he cut loose like some baby-faced rock’n’roller on Kiwi.
An unexpected cover of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, carried by the band with Styles along for the ride, was a curious blip before normal service was resumed on closing lighter-waving ballad Sign of the Times.