I thought that this would be a normal concert review, however... it is not. Tonight I attended Taylor Swift’s second last show of her 1989 World Tour. I had so many high expectations for this tour as I had seen her twice before (at her Speak Now and Red tours), and they did not fail to impress!
With glittery costumes and signs, my mum, two cousins and I all headed to Aami Stadium. Having only been there a week before, I was not thrilled to know that on such a freezing day that there would be no escape from the wind due to the open top stadium. However, once Taylor Swift started, this was barely noticeable.
Vance Joy opened the show with an incredible set! His voice was never off key and surprising, he managed to have at least half the stadium if not more sing along to almost every one of his songs. I have never seen this type of support and excitement to a warm up act in any concert, ever. He ensured that he played his key hits ‘Riptide’, ‘Fire and the Flood’ and ‘Georgia’ which all seemed to get the most amount of people singing.
And then the real fun started. Taylor Swift entered the stage by coming up from under the stage wearing a incredible purple skirt, black crop top and white sunglasses. She begun with ‘Welcome To New York’, while incorporating ‘Welcome to Melbourne’ during small snippets of talking. From the very first song it was clear that this was a tour on a completely different level from her others. Everything was perfectly choreographed and manipulated to make the experience of the concert so special.
Each song was sung with slight twists here and there to change the audio up from her studio album. This managed to show how much her voice had matured since the recording of her studio album. With stage props such as wooden fully functioning doors, lamp posts, park benches and umbrellas, Swift managed to take small parts of each song and use those lines or word to form the inspiration of each prop.
And this is where it gets interesting... During Swifts performance of ‘Blank Space’ my mum was called to the side. Originally she had believed that we were going to be kicked out due to the people behind us complaining about us standing up; however this was far from the truth. My mum was asked whether the four of us had ever met Taylor Swift before and once we said no, SHE ACTUALLY OFFERED FOR US TO MEET TAYLOR SWIFT IN LOFT 89! For those of you who are unaware, loft 89 is a backstage room where Swift meets a small group of people, only about 15 or so, who look as though they are true Swifties. This is a massive honour as the four of us had been picked out of about 35,000 people in the arena. The rest of the concert is simply a blur of tears and absolute shock.
Everyone who had been picked was so lovely. Swift took her time with each individual person taking photos and having a small conversation with them all. She was truly herself. When it came my groups turn to enter into the section of loft 89 where she was, we walked in and she instantly recognised our costumes as each of the tour eras! She was blown away by our commitment and dedication to making so many outfits. Swift spoke about her costume changes, the TV show ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ and our costumes before taking a couple of photos with us. She was truly down to earth and clearly cared about every single person that had been chosen. Words cannot describe how passionate she was about each of her fans and how much she really did care about what they had to say.
Taylor Swift is truly a unique artist in terms of her commitment to her fans. There is no other artist in the music industry today that is this caring about their fans. Often after a show is done artists go back to their hotel room without anything further, however Taylor Swift is continuously re-writing the books by meeting fans after every single show. Swift is clearly just as incredible when she is one on one as she is when she is on stage.