Fans in Argentina have waited months in tents just for a perfect spot on Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.
AFP via Getty Images
Look what you made them do
Die-hard fans have reportedly been camping out in tents for months ahead of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour stop in Argentina next week.
The elite Swifties are staying close to Buenos Aires’ River Plate Stadium in hopes of getting the best public spaces in the stadium for a trio of sold-out shows on November 9, 10 and 11.
Snake lines to snag Swift merchandise at previous tour stops have nothing to do with this wait.
“We’ve been in this tent for five months,” said a 21-year-old fan, who requested to remain anonymous. pitchfork.
She admitted that her parents are unaware of her sleeping arrangements, as they reserve her place between her university classes and her part-time job, and revealed that she usually says she is “visiting a friend” near the playground.
And she’s not alone – Dozens of tents They line the sidewalk, looking like summer camp, friendship bracelets included.
One fan named Carmen said she spent 300 hours, or just over 12 days, sleeping outside in line. Co-organizers of the pop-up camp are tracking participants, who must be over 18 years of age.
Tickets to the coveted world tour were few and far between, regardless of the tour stop – unlucky fans who didn’t get entry to the pre-show had to fork over hundreds, if not thousands, to get their seats. For those with tickets to next week’s shows only, the stakes have never been higher to see their favorite pop star.
Earlier than Swifties They took their place in the row of tentsthe greater their chance of securing a place close to the stage.
Fans are not required to stay in tents all day every day to keep their place in line, although those who do earn big points among organisers.
“The fact that there are so many people makes things easier. We all have different schedules, and you fit your schedules in between,” said one fan named Irina, 20.
But an internal list of rules has been leaked online, which allocates extra hours as a reward for weathering inclement weather or spending an entire night on concrete.
However, organizers require a full night’s sleep and at least 60 hours a month spent in the tents to stay in line.
If Swifties can’t make it to their tents but don’t want to lose their spot, they can enlist the help of pop fans Deborah and Sophia, who run a dedicated X account for concert camping and offer their own waiting services. In line for others.
They charge eager customers for travel expenses and service fees, which total about $700 Argentine pesos, the equivalent of $2 U.S. dollars, according to Pitchfork estimates. Argentina currently Suffering from hyperinflation.
“I’ve been camping for myself since One Direction’s show at Velez Sarsfield in 2014,” Sofia told a reporter. “After witnessing the good outcome of my efforts show after show, I continued to do so and started helping others earlier this year.”
However, the cost of camping cost Swifties more than just their time or the pain of sleeping on cement sidewalks – they were reportedly subjected to regular harassment, with passersby hurling insults like “Are you working?” “Are you studying” or “Are you taking a shower?”
But with less than a week to go until the Eras Tour’s first show in Buenos Aires, fans are filled with anticipation, even though they say they feel a twinge of sadness as their camp fun is coming to an end.
“I don’t like the idea of having so little time left,” Carmen said. “The day will come and then what? What will I do after spending so much time at home, where I won’t have to make friendship bracelets all day inside the tent? Go back to being a normal person?”
“Lifelong beer expert. General travel enthusiast. Social media buff. Zombie maven. Communicator.”