The first day of the month, Feb. 1, was the superstar Harry Styles’ birthday. This year the singer turned 29 years old, marking his 13th year in the spotlight. From the age of 16, he has been performing at sold-out shows and stadium tours. To celebrate his birthday, the star wrapped up his 15 nights at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California and even did a special birthday show in Palm Springs.
Styles began his fame when he auditioned for the “X-Factor,” a British competition show, in 2010 at just 16 years old. There he was placed into a band with four other teenage boys. Together they created One Direction, and while they did not go on to win the show, they did go on to become one of the most popular boy bands of the decade.
For five years, the band was selling out shows, winning awards and building up their fanbase. When they went on hiatus in early 2016, it only took a year for Styles to start releasing solo music. His debut self-titled album, “Harry Styles” proved that the artist had what it took to be a successful singer outside of his 1D stardom.
In 2019, “Fine Line” was released which catapulted the singer into new heights of fame. With this album, Styles positioned himself as one of the most listened-to artists in the world. Even with the pandemic postponing the tour twice, his world tour “Love on Tour” had countless sold-out shows.
The release of Styles’ third solo album, “Harry’s House,” prompted the second leg of “Love on Tour” which is set to end in July of 2023. For the American portion of the tour, Styles was set to have 10 shows in New York at Madison Square Garden, 10 shows in Los Angeles at the Kia Forum, 5 shows in Austin and 5 shows in Chicago. By the end of his American tour, he had 15 sold out shows at the Kia Forum and an additional 15 sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, feats that had not yet been reached by other artists.
For the singer’s 29th birthday this year, he celebrated with his final show of Love on Tour in North America. Rather than staying at the Forum in L.A., Styles took his birthday performance to Palms Springs, California, at the new Acrisure Arena. With two 11,000-capacity sold-out shows, fans of the artist from all over the world gathered together to wish him a happy birthday.
In true Harry Styles fashion, he wore a sparkly pink jacket with pants to match. He was celebrated with an arena full of fans singing “Happy Birthday,” was adorned with a birthday hat and blew out candles to end the night.
“Obviously I have a fear of people not coming to my birthday party, so I just thought I would do a show and maybe you might come,” said Styles onstage.
For those who saw Styles live in concert and those who watched live streams and videos, the energy for this show exceeded expectations. Fans’ excitement could be felt through the screen, and the singer’s enthusiasm was undeniably contagious. With so many popular accounts dedicated to Styles, even fans that could not attend this sold out show could still celebrate.
Written By: Madelyn Walthall