WEB EXCLUSIVE After almost two years of limited events due to COVID-19, faculty and students head to San Jose to see Harry Styles perform his 2019 album Fine Line in person.
Harry Styles’ tour, Love on Tour, was originally set to take place throughout 2020. However, the tour was subsequently postponed twice due to COVID-19 and the lockdowns that followed.
“It’s actually a little scary because I heard a lot of people got COVID from other shows,” sophomore Arianna Manayan said. “I’m not as scared because I’m in the seats, not the pit, but I’m going to be double masking.”
For many of Styles’ tours around the country, proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative test within the last 72 hours is required. However, per San Jose health guidelines the SAP Center is requiring proof of full vaccination for everyone attending.
“They are checking everyone’s vaccination status so it seems pretty safe and I’m not too worried,” visual arts teacher Julie Martin said. “It’s kind of cheesy but to be in the presence of him is a huge deal to me.”
Styles’ tour is one of the first indoor arena tours to happen this year. The venue is allowing attendees to use the Clear app where vaccine information and background information can be put in to make security checks faster.
“I’m really excited because it has been a long time since being together in groups and doing activities together was the norm,” junior Lucy Selcow said. “He’s an inspiration because he is charismatic and courageous and it’s been really fun to see his career evolve from One Direction.”
Styles has used his platform to promote social change and positivity with one of his songs on his album titled “Treat People With Kindness.” He has also continuously supported the LGBTQ community through his social media.
“I missed the fun, live experience of concerts,” Manayan said. “ I just really like him as a person and what he stands for… that’s why this is so exciting.”