Singer-songwriter Harry Styles is set to take the stage at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium for one of Scotland’s biggest gigs of 2022.
The multi-platinum selling artist will be the first to perform on the Govan pitch in almost two decades, with the last being Bon Jovi in 2007.
He will kick off the European leg of Love On Tour at the Rangers venue on Saturday, before swiftly moving on to Manchester and London for the remainder of his UK dates.
Tickets for the long-awaited gig reportedly sold out within two minutes of going on sale in January. Although fans from across the country called for an additional date, Styles will only be taking the stage for one night.
What should fans expect?
Concert-goers can expect to watch the former One Direction star perform some of his biggest hits – As It Was, Watermelon Sugar, and even a throwback to his boyband days with What Makes You Beautiful.
Alongside these, he is also expected to pull out some numbers from his most recent album, Harry’s House.
The Ibrox audience should look forward to catching some of his latest hits, which he premiered at a One Night Only show in London just days after releasing the new record.
Outfits are usually key to any good concert experience – but especially when it comes to a Harry Styles show.
The musician has become very well-known over the years for his non-traditional, bright-coloured garb – as have his fans, who have somehow adopted feather boas and cowboy hats as concert staples.
Feather boas in particular, as a cheap and easily-acquired accessory, will most likely be seen in the thousands at Ibrox on Saturday.
One boa-enthusiast on Twitter exclaimed: “I wear leggings and a hoodie every day of my life, but when Harry Styles comes to town you bet your ass I’m turning up in a cowboy hat and feather boa, baby.”
The supporting act
Japanese-American musician Mitski will also be taking to the stage, making her the first woman to ever perform at Ibrox stadium.
The 31-year-old launched her newest record, Laurel Hell, in February to raving reviews for its synth-pop and electronic rock sound.
Mitski will be joining Styles for all five of his UK dates, while jetting back and forth from Europe for her fully sold-out Laurel Hell Tour.
The journey to Ibrox
Entry and ticket checking will begin at 4pm, and those attending should plan ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Happy Bus is also operating coaches from 27 major locations across Scotland to take fans to and from the show. The coaches will leave from Ibrox 45 minutes after the concert has ended, and the company has advised travellers to avoid the cloakroom to prevent missing their transport home.
A shuttle service is also available through Happy Bus, departing Buchanan Bus Station on the hour from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Shuttles will be available from Ibrox to Central station between 10pm and 11.30pm, charging £8 per return ticket.
Those travelling out from the city centre can take the subway to Ibrox Subway Station – but expect it to be a lot busier because of people travelling to the concert.
The last train on the Inner Circle to the city centre leaves Ibrox at 11.16pm, and the last train on the Outer to the west end is at 11.10pm to get you home safe.
Organisers have advised attendees against taking the train amid numerous Scotrail disruptions in recent weeks, requesting that they either “look at alternative travel options” or “leave the event early to catch the last available train.”
Meanwhile, Scotrail have confirmed to STV News that the extra late-night services introduced recently on Saturdays will stand on June 11, as well.
Traffic Scotland have issued a warning that “traffic is expected to be heavier than normal on the #M8, #M74, #M77 & the #M80” for those aiming to travel by car.
There is no parking available at the stadium other than for blue badge parking, with applications to be made in advance. A car pick up and drop off location is available at Bellahouston Leisure Centre and Glasgow Science Centre, both of which are a short strut away from Ibrox Stadium.
McGill’s and First Bus services along Paisley Road West will also run as usual on Saturday night.
Other things to keep in mind
Stadium authorities have warned that potentially dangerous items such as flares, glass or metal/hard plastic bottles, smoke canisters, flags, selfie sticks, umbrellas, weapons, frisbees/boomerangs will not be allowed into the gig.
Bags larger than a sheet of A4 size paper will also not be permitted, and all bags will be searched upon entry.
It may also rain on Saturday, and as the show is outdoors organisers have advised ticketholders to bring a jacket or a poncho – umbrellas will not be allowed into the venue.