Students express excitement for “Eras Tour”

Hadley Hoskins

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Juniors Sarah Staab and Macey Fischer attend the “Eras Tour” Nashville Night One show in Nashville, TN. Photo provided by Macey Fischer

“The Eras Tour,” Taylor Swift’s sold-out stadium tour, opened on March 17, in Glendale, AZ. The tour includes 52 shows across the United States and concludes on Aug. 9, in Inglewood, CA.

Swift has released six albums since her last tour– the Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018. Due to the extensive amount of songs and albums fans want to hear, the set list is three hours and 14 minutes long, spanning her entire discography, from her debut album, “Taylor Swift” to her most recent album, “Midnights.” It includes 44 songs and 16 outfit changes.

“I’m excited for how long the show is,” junior Lily Teague said.

Among these 44 songs, some shine through as fan-favorites. Teague said she was excited to hear “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”

Since opening night, livestreams and videos of the tour have been all over social media, especially on platforms such as TikTok and Instagram.

“Whenever I see them on TikTok, I have to force myself to scroll because I don’t want it to be, like, ruined for me,” junior Macey Fisher said.

Swift does play two new acoustic songs every night, which are a surprise to concertgoers. So far, Swift has played songs such as “Clean” from 1989, “Mirrorball” from “Folklore” and “The Lucky One” from “Red (Taylor’s Version)” so far on the tour. Some fans said they were hoping to hear her play certain songs, especially if they aren’t on the original set list.

“The one that we’re going to is Phoebe Bridgers and Gracie [Abrams], so we’re hoping that one of the surprise songs will be ‘Nothing New,’” Teague said.

“If ‘Teardrops On My Guitar’ isn’t played, I will cry,” junior Audrey Culver said.

Each show has two different opening acts, spanning nine different artists and groups across the tour. Paramore, Bridgers, Abrams and Haim are among these.

“I love Gracie Abrams a lot, so I’m really excited to see her, and I like some of Phoebe’s songs,” said Fischer.

Another part of the tour that fans are excited about are the outfits. Fans plan elaborate outfits and costumes referencing all parts of Swift’s discography– dressing up as past eras, characters from her songs, or just in sparkly and fun outfits.

“I want to go to one of the shows more reputation themed,” Fischer said. “Like, a black dress and dark makeup.”

“We’re going to bedazzle our own cowboy hats before the concert,” Teague said.

“I got like a light blue dress that has little rhinestones on it,” Culver said.

“We’re both writing the teal 13 on our hands, and we’re doing the friendship bracelets,” Teague added.

Getting tickets for the tour wasn’t easy, though. The process included waiting for hours in presale que lines and website crashes, making it frustrating for fans.

“We spent an entire day with the Ticketmaster que pulled up,” Culver said. “As we were checking out, the site kicked me out, and then it crashed. We were in pre-calc together and my entire class just heard me go, ‘No, what the f***!’”

Overall, though, fans said that their excitement for the show outweighed any struggles they had getting tickets.

“It’s going to be the best night ever. I know all her songs by heat so seeing them live will be unbelievable,” Fischer said.

“I might cry. I’m going to need to get waterproof makeup,” Culver said.

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