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Taylor Swift looks at the crowd at a concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on May 26.

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Swift performs during the "Folklore" set in Chicago on June 2.

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Fans sing along in Las Vegas on March 24.

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Swift performs "Lover" with her band, backup singers and dancers in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 5.

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Swift performs in Glendale, Arizona, during the opening weekend of "The Eras Tour" on March 18. Glendale was temporarily re-named Swift City in honor of the concert.

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Swift performs her last show in Los Angeles on August 9. She was announcing the upcoming release of the album "1989 (Taylor's Version)."

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Glow bracelets light up Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh on June 16.

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Swift performs "22" in Glendale on March 18.

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Fans in East Rutherford trade friendship bracelets in the parking lot of MetLife Stadium on May 26.

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Phoebe Bridgers joins Swift to perform "Nothing New" in Nashville on May 6. Bridgers was also one of the opening acts.

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Fans wait in line to buy tour merchandise outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on April 12.

Swift gives her hat to a young fan in East Rutherford on May 27. Each night of the tour, Swift selects one lucky fan to receive a signed hat at the end of her song "22."

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Swift watches the music video premiere of "I Can See You" in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 7.

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Fans react outside Lincoln Financial Field as Swift begins her set in Philadelphia on May 13.

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Swift dances during the "Reputation" set in Atlanta on April 28.

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Fans show the Ticketmaster queue from the parking lot outside Swift's show in Philadelphia on May 13. Ticketmaster apologized to Swift and her fans after a ticketing debacle in November made it difficult to buy tickets when they went on sale.

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Swift smiles at a crowd in Nashville as it gives her a standing ovation for "Champagne Problems" on May 5.

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Swift opens the "Midnights" set with "Lavender Haze" during a show in Glendale on March 17.

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Swift sings "Look What You Made Me Do" while dancers in Glendale wear outfits from Swift's previous eras on March 17.

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Swift performs with the band Haim in Santa Clara, California, on July 28.

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Swift dances across the stage while singing "August" in Atlanta on April 28.

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Swift performs the "Folklore" set in the rain in Nashville on May 7. The show was delayed several hours due to storms in the area.

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Fans apply jewels on their way to Swift's show in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on May 19.

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Swift performs "Evermore" in Cincinnati on June 30. Each night, Swift chooses two surprise songs from her discography to play acoustically — one on guitar and one on piano.

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Fans cheer in East Rutherford on May 26.

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Swift makes a heart with her hands while performing "Fearless" in Glendale on March 18.

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Swift performs "The 1" in Chicago on June 2.

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Swift performs in Houston on April 21.

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Swift and her backup dancers watch the premiere of the "Karma" music video while in East Rutherford on May 26.

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Swift opens a show in Las Vegas on March 24.

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Swift wraps her arms around her backup singers, known as The Starlights, during the "Fearless" set in Las Vegas on March 24.

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Swift announces the release of "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)," a rerecording of her 2010 album, during her show in Nashville on May 5.

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"Swifties" arrive at a metro station temporarily renamed "Speak Now/Taylor's Station" in Inglewood, California, on August 3.

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Swift performs the 10-minute version of "All Too Well" in Nashville on May 6.

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Swift leaves the stage after the "Speak Now" set in Nashville on May 6.

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Backup dancers join Swift during the "Reputation" set in Cincinnati on June 30.

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Confetti falls as Swift closes a Nashville show with "Karma" on May 6.

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It had been nearly nine months since November 15 – the day I managed to secure three face-value tickets amid Ticketmaster’s infamous meltdown to Taylor Swift’s “Eras” tour concert in Los Angeles – when I finally got to see the show this week.

The concert, which was the singer’s penultimate show on the first US leg of her tour, was the most impressive three hours and fifteen minutes of live music I’ve ever seen, purely based on her epic delivery of a fully loaded 44-song setlist. And it happened in an atmosphere that celebrated positivity, respect for others and an openness to connect with new friends.

It must be said that I fully knew what to expect at this concert. I have been writing about the “Eras” tour pretty regularly as both an outlet for my Swiftie-ness and just to bide my time until my show, so avoiding concert spoilers was impossible.

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Taylor Swift performing the 'Eras Tour' in Los Angeles in August.

But it didn’t matter. Watching clips of the “Eras” tour opening sequence on social media – as I’d repeatedly done for months – could never compare to the feeling of being in the audience when the two-minute countdown clock started ticking as the crowd roared in anticipation for our “Anti-Hero” to appear.

I’d been planning logistics for my “Eras” show for months, as it became an “Alli’s Version” bachelorette party of sorts, which two of my best girlfriends and soon-to-be bridesmaids attended with me.

Clad in my “Reputation” era look, and flanked by my friends in their “Lover” and “Midnights” era outfits, we were on our way to the venue about four hours before Swift was set to go on to allow for ample time to get merch and catch her openers, Gracie Abrams and Haim.

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The scene outside of SoFi Stadium was vibrant and palpable. Moms and daughters in matching costumes were seen posing for photos and we weaved through groups of sparkly concertgoers representing every era of Swift’s musical oeuvre until we finally found our entrance.

It was in line for merch when our group was first approached by another fellow Swiftie to trade friendship bracelets, and the moment is a core memory that will stick with me. My friend, who so selflessly volunteered to stay in line during the start of the show, later managed to nab one of those concert-exclusive viral blue crew necks.

At our seats, in the 200’s section in the center, we rejoiced about our perfect view, and when that two-minute countdown clock began, cheers from the audience rang through my head crescendoing louder and louder with each passing second until the lights went down and Swift finally appeared on stage.

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Taylor Swift performing the 'Eras Tour' in Los Angeles in August.

Standing in that stadium alongside over 70,000 Swifties collectively scream-singing the bridge to “Cruel Summer” with Swift on stage wearing her iconic bejeweled “Lover” corset was truly something to behold.

The entire show is a complete spectacle. Total stimulation. Flashing lights highlighting her massive stage, elaborate sets and flashy costumes complementing her perfect vocals as she sang all of her greatest hits from the past 17 years, era by era.

The epic journey took us through the “Fearless” and “Red” eras, with bangers like “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” and “I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor’s Version)” bringing forth a nostalgic vibe and audience members audibly singing every single lyric.

The energy of the “Reputation” era set – my personal favorite, with songs such as “Are You Ready For It,” “Delicate,” “Don’t Blame Me” and “Look What You Made Me Do” – was electric as Swift snaked around her stage belting her iconic tracks.

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Taylor Swift performing the 'Eras Tour' in Los Angeles in August.

Her uber-appreciative crowd gave a minutes-long standing ovation following “Champagne Problems” in the “Evermore” era, one of the longest standing-O’s she’s received to date. The cheering was so loud that even ear plugs wouldn’t have masked the shrill.

Other points in the show, particularly the “Folklore” era, felt super personal both as a listener and as what felt like a bystander bearing witness to Swift’s deepest emotions, something she’s talked about so many times before with respect to her own connection to that 2020 album.

Swift released no less than four new albums, including “Folklore,” since she last toured in 2018. Finally seeing her perform these songs in concert after connecting with that album so deeply during the darkest days of the pandemic was almost too much. The feeling really materialized during “My Tears Ricochet,” arguably one of her saddest songs, and to me, one of her most beautiful. This is precisely when I let out a sob, and my friends laughed at me – all in good fun, of course.

Of course we speculated for months about which surprise songs we’d get, and when she sang “King of My Heart” from her 2017 “Reputation” album as her second surprise song, the crowd went insane, myself included. “I Know Places” from her megahit 2014 album “1989” was the first surprise song.

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Taylor Swift performing the 'Eras Tour' in Los Angeles in August.

At the end of the night, we were in complete awe. I could barely walk by that point, yet Swift was perfectly executing her choreography while hitting those high notes in “Karma” at the end of her three-hour set. During her fifth show in six days. A masterclass in stamina.

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Sad that it was over, but grateful for the experience, we left the venue feeling very much a part of a community of (mostly) women who valued respect, friendship and empowerment of one another. “Eras” was more than a concert – it was a bedazzling display of femininity for all ages, and a celebration of individuality with one common denominator: the joy of music.

On our way to find my wonderful fiancé whom we had enlisted as our driver for the night, we walked out of the stadium seeing the faces of elated Swifties with what appeared to be permanent smiles on their faces. Mine is still there.

FAQs

What's so special about eras tour? ›

The Eras Tour is the ongoing sixth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who described it as a journey through all of her musical "eras". An homage to her albums, the Eras Tour is her most expansive tour yet, with 146 shows across 5 continents.

How long does Taylor Swift eras tour last? ›

Swift kicked off the highly-anticipated “Eras” — her first tour since her “Reputation” stadium tour in 2018 — in March. The show features an expansive, roughly three-hour long set list that spans 14 years of her career.

What is Taylor performing on The Eras Tour? ›

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour set list
  • 'Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince'
  • 'Cruel Summer'
  • 'The Man'
  • 'You Need to Calm Down'
  • 'Lover'
  • 'The Archer'
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How many outfit changes does Taylor Swift have on The Eras Tour? ›

Taylor Swift Has Worn 28 Different Outfits During The Eras Tour — And I'm Ranking Them All By Era. She never goes out of style!

Is the Eras Tour worth it? ›

All in all, the hype around the Eras Tour is completely founded — the show is a massive spectacle that runs through hit album after hit album, with plenty of charm and charisma from Swift that certainly solidifies herself as an absolute titan in the music industry.

How much are floor seats for Eras Tour? ›

Eras Tour August 9, 2023

For Swift's last U.S. date until 2024 (she just announced new shows), prices are the highest: obstructed view starts at around $500, and floor seats are above $2,000.

How early should I arrive to Taylor Swift Eras Tour? ›

Bonus tip for parents bringing little ones: Don't try to get there too early. Unless your kids care a lot about the opening acts, I would get to the stadium just 20 or so minutes before Swift takes the stage at 8 p.m. It's going to be a long night, and most people will be in their seats an hour beforehand.

Is there an age limit for Taylor Swift Eras Tour? ›

AGE RESTRICTIONS

All shows on the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour presented by Crown are All Ages events. This is a licensed, loud music event, staged over a long time and we do not recommend attendance by children aged 5 years and under.

How much does Taylor Swift make per concert? ›

According to reports from reputable sources such as businesstoday.in, Theguardian.com, Businessinsider.in, Forbes.com, and billboard.com, it has been revealed that Taylor Swift earns an average of $9 to $13 million per concert.

Why is Taylor Swift's new tour called Eras? ›

The upcoming tour is named The Eras Tour as it celebrates music and special moments from all of the different "eras" in Taylor Swift's career so far.

Did Taylor have special guests at Eras tour? ›

Morris is hardly the only guest of The Eras tour journey. In New Jersey, Ice Spice appeared to perform her remix of “Karma” for all three nights of Swift's MetLife Stadium mini-residency, while past shows have featured guests like Phoebe Bridgers, Marcus Mumford, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

How many Taylor Swift eras are there? ›

As she begins her Eras Tour, let's look back at the last 11 album eras.
  • Taylor Swift (2006) Swift's debut album was simply titled Taylor Swift. ...
  • Fearless (2008) ...
  • Speak Now (2010) ...
  • Red (2012) ...
  • 1989 (2014) ...
  • Reputation (2017) ...
  • Lover (2019) ...
  • Folklore (2020)

What to wear to a Taylor Swift concert 2023? ›

Neon metallics, sequins, short skirts, metallic skater skirts, crop tops and the seagull sweatshirt that Swift wears on the cover of the album are sure to never go out of “Style.” This era is also known for color blocking; you can even choose to match Swift herself with an all-orange sequin outfit.

Will Taylor Swift do another eras tour? ›

“Turns out it's NOT the end of an era Miami, New Orleans, Indy and Toronto: The Eras Tour is coming to you in 2024,” the “Anti-Hero” singer tweeted and posted on Instagram. Eras tour vet Gracie Abrams will join Swift for the new shows, which begin in mid-October of next year and run through November.

How many songs will Taylor Swift perform on the Eras Tour? ›

The Eras Tour is Swift's first major tour in five years, as she will perform a 44-song setlist featuring chart-topping hits from all 10 of her full-length studio albums.

Is the Eras Tour the best tour ever? ›

There's nothing in history to compare. This is her best tour ever, by an absurd margin. It's a journey through her past, starring all the different Taylors she's ever been, which means all the Taylors that you've ever been. Taylor always designs every tour to be the best night of your life.

Is the Eras Tour the biggest tour ever? ›

That comes to $2.2 billion — and that would make “Eras” the highest-grossing tour ever. Elton John's “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour was the previous record holder, grossing over $887 million from 2018 to 2023, according to Larry Miller, director of the music business program at New York University Steinhardt.

Is the Eras Tour breaking records? ›

Taylor Swift will likely surpass $1 billion in gross ticket sales during the Eras Tour. Taylor Swift wrapped up the first U.S. leg of her record-shattering Eras Tour this week, part one of the world-spanning concert series that is projected to become the first tour to gross $1 billion in ticket sales.

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