Taylor Swift has announced that she’s heading back to the UK and Ireland next summer for a massive stadium tour.
The singer, who released sixth album ‘reputation’ earlier this month, will kick off the tour at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 8th June before heading to Dublin and London. The first run of dates is in full below.
8 June 2018: Manchester, Etihad Stadium 15 June 2018: Dublin, Croke Park 22 June 2018: London, Wembley Stadium Tickets for the shows quickly sold out this morning (December 1), prompting Swift to announce a bunch more dates – tickets for the remaining shows will go on sale at 9AM December 8.
9 June 2018: Manchester, Etihad Stadium 16 June 2018: Dublin, Croke Park 23 June 2018: London, Wembley Stadium The full UK and Ireland tour follows her scheduled comeback appearance at London’s Jingle Bell Ball next month, which will see the singer sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran.
Nine months is a long time to wait for anything, be it a vacation, baby or concert. More and more, however, buying tickets to a major concert event involves putting down serious cash one year for a show that’ll happen months after the calendar rolls over into a new year. The Taylor Swift supershow over at NRG stadium is no different, with fans jumping into the ticket process now for a show that won’t happen until September.
There’s nothing wrong with having something to look forward to in life. In these crazy times, having a shining light on a distant hill gives us a reason to keep marching forward while reality tries to break our brain. That’s all a fancy way of saying that Taylor Swift is going to make a ton of money this December for services she won’t be providing Houston fans for a while.
But idle thoughts can lead to unrealistic hopes and expectations. Right now, no one outside of Swift and her team know what the upcoming stadium tour is going to look like. We can make assumptions based on past performances, obviously, but there’s nothing super exciting about speculating on how many dancers she might have or what color of lighting she’ll use for different songs.
But there is one thing that I feel confident in promising you, here, months and months and months before she returns to town, even though I have no inside knowledge on Swift or the tour or the machinations of the music industry: Beyonce is not going to be a special surprise guest at a Taylor Swift show.
Taylor Swift was, as usual, preternaturally poised as she took the stage at the B96 & Pepsi Jingle Bash on Thursday night. With her sparkly top shimmering in the lights and her gleaming white teeth competing for attention, she prowled the stage like a catwalk model. She gave a smile here and there, and at one point strapped on a guitar for an acoustic performance of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a reminder of her humbler aw-shucks roots and a brief respite from the flash and glamour. And then, an efficient six songs and a little under 30 minutes later, she was done. Say what you will about Swift: the Taylor train runs right on time.
To be fair, you could say the same of the rest of the acts on the bill, less a concert or even a revue and more a kind of junket, where major pop acts gather to pay fealty to the big radio stations that play them, and vice versa, all in symbiotic view of an adoring sold-out crowd. Preceding Swift this night was a veritable hodgepodge of pop stars new and old, from the still teenaged Khalid (who kissed up in a Cubs jersey) and actor/singer Sabrina Carpenter to rapper Logic (whose moving suicide prevention PSA “1-800-273-8255" struck a powerful chord) to generic girl group Fifth Harmony and middle-aged boy band Backstreet Boys.
While the Jingle Bash was built not to surprise, Backstreet Boys (backed by 10 dancers) somehow swung back from the brink of kitsch with songs older than many of those singing along. Hits like “Larger Than Life,” “I Want It That Way” and “As Long as You Love Me” may once have been dismissed as disposable, but 20 years later they still did exactly what they were designed to do to a packed young crowd. Logic, too, managed to stick out in the strict format with his infectious positivity and goofy modesty. They were enough to counterbalance the forgettable Carpenter and the weirdly anachronistic Fifth Harmony, who could have passed for C-list ’90s peers of the Backstreet Boys.
Taylor Swift had an amazing 2017 and she totally knows. As she gears up for a huge tour in 2018, Swift took a moment to reflect on her birthday and her bountiful year so far.
Just days after hitting the stage for the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball in London, TayTay shared a spectacular snap from the night along with the message: “I love you guys so much. I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Can’t wait to see what 28 will be like. See you on tour.”