Taylor Swift ‘The Eras’ tour exceeds expectations


Nat Thomas

Taylor Swift sings “Love Story” at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on March 17, 2023.

Nat Thomas, Reporter

When it comes to both music charts and pop culture one name seems to pop up more than any other: Taylor Swift. After five years away from touring, the 33-year-old pop star is back on the road with the wildly hyped up “The Eras” tour, and I was lucky enough to attend opening night.

Although this is my first Taylor concert I’ve seen enough clips of past tours to know that she has never had a show this big in terms of production and audience. Every song has its own special detail, which is a huge feat considering the set list having over 40 songs, that sets it apart from the others. Swift brought out a recreation of the cabin from her album “Folklore,” the piano from her “Evermore” era, and even cages of people dressed as her old albums for her take on “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Swift did an amazing job of balancing her setlist with a mix of fan favorites and other assorted songs. A running joke of the fandom surrounding Taylor Swift is that she dislikes her album “Evermore” as it’s not brought up nearly as much as others and in this tour she makes a point to show her love for it with a total of six songs from this album alone.

One clear highlight of the concert for anyone who was there was definitely her outfits– throughout the three hour show there were 16 costume changes where each outfit is almost completely different from the last. These costumes include direct recreations from past tours and music videos and new, sparkly ones that represent whatever song that’s being sung at the moment.

The majority of the concert was rightfully taken up by the music, although at times Swift made a point to interact with the audience of over 60,000 to explain her thanks for their attendance. While small, these interactions helped the audience to form a better connection with their favorite singer and enhance their experience. 

Overall, this was the best experience of my life and I can’t recommend it enough. The tickets carry a hefty price but they were worth every penny for the fantastic performance that it comes with.