“I’m Taylor. There’s one thing you should know about me, I was born in 1989!”
At ANZ Stadium, a massive crowd of 76,000 people gathered to see the one and only Taylor Swift. I was one of them, having scored tickets two hours before Taylor was due on stage. I know, so lucky!
Arriving at 8pm, I made my way through the maze of tunnels at the stadium, surrounded by young girls wearing tour t-shirts, teen girls screaming with excitement and the occasional boyfriend, looking bewildered. There was a small wait as each of us were handed a “gift from Taylor” – a white wrist band. Finally, I made it to my miracle seat and eagerly awaited Taylor’s appearance.
When 8:30pm hit, the stadium lights shut off. The stadium was pitch black, except for the flashing lights of mobiles and the odd glow sticks dotted around the crowd. Then something incredible happened, every single person’s wrist band lit up – yes, all 76,000 of them!
I have no idea how, but the illuminated stadium had everyone in awe… but then BOOM!
TAYLOR SWIFT APPEARS ON STAGE AND EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD LOST THEIR MIND! Now that is what you call an entrance!
Wearing a short purple metallic skater skirt that proves she has the body of a model, with her signature red lips and fresh skin looking like she could front a skincare campaign, she spoke: “Good evening Sydney, I’m Taylor. There’s one thing you should know about me, I was born in 1989!” (Referencing her album, 1989, for which she is touring, duh.)
Suddenly, the band starts playing the opening bars of her first song Welcome To New York.
After the crowd settled down, getting used to the realisation that “Yes, that is Taylor Swift” and “Yes, we are breathing the same air”, she moved onto the next song.
New Romantics plays; it’s not a very popular song (I’m sure it wasn’t just me who didn’t know the lyrics? #ShameOnMe) but never the less, she still had the crowd bopping along. She continued with songs from her 1989 album, playing: I Wish You Would, How You Get The Girl, I Know Places, All You Had To Do Was Stay, You Are In Love, Clean and This Love. These had the die hard Taylor Swift fans singing with their all their hearts. #StillShameOnMeForNotKnowingTheLyrics.
During intervals, where outfit and set changes occur, footage played on the big screens featuring Taylor’s #GirlSquad. We hear from Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Karli Kloss, Jamie King and Lily Aldridge on why they’re BFF with Tay and what they think love is.
For the songs that heated up the Billboard charts, the musical genius that Taylor is knew exactly how to sing them for her fans. Blank Space, I Knew You Were Trouble, Love Story, Style, Bad Blood, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and Wildest Dreams were performed so magnificently; either with Taylor dancing, strutting down the runway, playing guitar or piano, or rocking out from a platform that was levitated above a very impressive looking crowd.
All too quickly the night came to an end. Taylor thanked us for spending our Saturday night with her at the 1989 World Tour and then ran off the stage. All I could say was “Is it over already?!” as sadness took over.
But suddenly, the music fired up again and I hear her belting out “I STAY OUT TO LATE! GOT NOTHING IN MY BRAIN!”
And I squeal! I know she’s about to go into Shake It Off and every part of my body is screaming “YES”!
Our wristbands ignited in multicolours as 76,000 of us danced our butts off. The most perfect way to end the night. My body was running on adrenaline at the end and I couldn’t process what just happened, but now being fully functional, I can recap…
WHAT I LOVED:
1. Wristbands: It didn’t matter where you were sitting; whether you had tickets right next to the runway or were right at the back with an obstructed view of the stage, the wristbands’ lights were synchronised with the songs and made you feel involved, like you were part of something BIGGER than you.
2. Taylor Encouraged The Audience: Mid-way through her show whilst playing guitar she shared some words of wisdom with the audience, telling us to not to listen to the people who will try to bring us down. Preach Girl. #HatersGonnaHate.
3. She Can Really Perform: Having been to many concerts, it was nice to see her use the stage, dance, play the guitar, play the piano really well, and not just sing.
What I Wished For: She’s had incredible guests join her for performances in other cities on her world tour, but in Sydney, no one appeared, which was a bit of a bummer. But in the end I came to watch Taylor and no one else, and let’s be honest, she’s had previously on stage with her, people like: Ellen DeGeneres, John Legend, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Ellie Goulding, Charli XCX, Lorde, Steven Tyler, Leona Lewis, Wiz Khalifa, Mick Jagger, Avril Lavigne, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Little Mix, and even Lisa Kudrow from Friends sing “Smelly Cat”. So who from Australia could she possibly bring out that is on that same level and would have the same wow factor? (Hint: No One).
NEVERTHELESS, TAYLOR SWIFT, AGAIN, YOU ROCKED MY WORLD!
– Xantre Macaraeg
Top photo of Taylor Swift and featured photos from Taylor Swift’s Instagram.