- Written by Mark Savage
- BBC Music Correspondent
Taylor Swift has announced international dates for her record-breaking Eras tour, with shows set in the UK, Europe and Asia in 2024.
The pop star will perform nine shows in the UK, with concerts in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.
There’s also a hiatus on Glastonbury’s final night, as the star is rumored to be recapturing the headline she missed in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The first leg of the tour saw her play to record audiences in the United States.
Demand for tickets was so high that it overwhelmed Ticketmaster’s systems, leaving thousands of fans unable to get seats.
The fiasco led to Ticketmaster appearing before US Senators to answer questions about the company’s handling of the event.
Swift herself said it was “painful” to watch fans struggle to get tickets, and that she was sure Ticketmaster could fulfill the demand.
For the UK dates, fans are invited to register interest Via the Swift websiteAlthough those who tried to do this after the announcement were put in a long line.
After registration closes, fans will be sent a link to purchase tickets. The London dates then go on sale on July 18th, followed by Edinburgh on July 19th and Cardiff on July 20th.
“We expect there will be more demand than tickets are available,” Ticketmaster warned those who registered successfully.
Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis while existing stock lasts.
Taylor Swift UK Dates for 2024:
- June 7 and 8 – Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium
- June 14 and 15 – Liverpool, Anfield
- June 18 – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
- June 21 and 22 and August 16 and 17 – London, Wembley Stadium
Eras is Swift’s first world tour since 2018, since she released four new studio albums, including the Grammy-winning Folklore.
Music publication Billboard estimated ticket revenue from the 52-date US tour at $591 million (£464 million).
Launched in March, Swift plays a 44-song, three-hour set spanning her entire recording career.
In addition to hits like Shake It Off, Love Story, and Lover, she plays two “surprise” acoustic songs at every show, often bringing in special guests to help out.
So far, the vocal section has included fan favorites like Mirrorball, Snow On The Beach, and Getaway Car along with more chart-topping hits like Welcome To New York and her debut single, Tim McGraw.
Fans have been clamoring for international dates for months, and the tour extension will see them play in Asia and Australia at the start of 2024, before hitting Europe in May.
The reaction from “Swifties” — a term the pop star has trademarked and uses to call her fans — in Asia has already been wild on social media.
She will kick off her Asian tour in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, where she will play for four nights from February 7. She will then make her way to Australia, where she will perform first in Melbourne for two nights, then three nights in Sydney.
Her Asian stop ends in Singapore, the only Southeast Asian country on her Eras tour, where she will take the stage for three nights ending March 4.
The dates will kick off in the UK at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on June 7, and conclude with two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium in August.
Two previous Wembley shows seem to collide with Glastonbury’s first two nights. But she does have space in her diary for Sunday, June 23, which means she could wrap up the festival with a headlining headlining slot on the Pyramid Stage.
Reviews for the US portion of the Era Tour were very positive.
“Queen of Pop reclaims her throne” The Times announcedadding: “If there was a risk that going between 10 different albums would result in an uneven experience, that’s somehow avoided here, as Swift manages to produce a cohesive experience despite ever-changing outfits and backgrounds.”
“It’s been a long wait up to this point, but Karma really is queen — and this one was worth the wait.”
“Achievement is often amazing,” Billboard concludedWith fashion changes, constant disruptions [and] Vulnerable moments amid a crowd of thousands and vocals that will rival the scope of any tour this year.”
There have been reports of fans who couldn’t get tickets gathering in the parking lots outside the venues to sing along to the star’s songs.
Other fans have reported experiencing some form of amnesia after the show, due to the overwhelming nature of the experience.
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