Thursday 20 September 2018

Croke Park concert is Taylor-made for Swifties

Taylor Swift on stage during her Reputation Tour at Croke Park. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Taylor Swift on stage during her Reputation Tour at Croke Park. Photos: Steve Humphreys

Sorcha O'Connor

It felt like the perfect night for almost 68,000 Taylor Swift fans who turned up at Croke Park last night for the first of her two gigs this weekend.

The 'Blank Space' singer (28) arrived in Dublin as the only female artist to perform two nights at Croker since its redevelopment, an d she certainly put on a show for her devoted Swifties.

Taylor (below, right) kept fans waiting for half an hour but none seemed to mind the light drizzle.

She thanked the "beautiful, passionate Irish crowd" when she emerged on stage in a hooded glitzy leotard before singing punchy number 'Ready For It'.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, this is a really important night of my life. I've always heard Croke Park is legendary," she said.

Fireworks and girl power proved to be a winning combination for Swift when she performed 'I Did Something Bad'.

Fans Tracey Lynch and Sarah Corbett Lynch (11) from Limerick at the concert. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Fans Tracey Lynch and Sarah Corbett Lynch (11) from Limerick at the concert. Photo: Steve Humphreys

There may have been a few tickets unsold but those who turned out got what they came for.

Swift's latest album had been hailed as perfect for a stadium tour ahead of her Croke Park gigs - and the star pulled out all the stops when it came to staging last night.

The impressive lighting and visuals provided the perfect complement to her sassy lyrics.

Delighted

Fans of all ages were ready for a big night, with many older attendees delighted their teenage favourite had come to Ireland as part of the European leg of her Reputation tour.

Dublin is just one of three European stops on the tour, along with Manchester and London. Galway girl Kate Tuohy (22) was in the capital last night with her sister Alma (25).

The pair were looking forward to hearing a mix of Taylor's songs and were glad she would be throwing in some of her biggest hits from over the years.

"We love all the old classic Taylor songs, the ones you can have a good dance to, like 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'," said Kate.

And the girls were in luck as Taylor's 24-song set list on the night certainly reflected her good-girl-to-bad-girl transition over the years, including both her earlier country-folksy ventures such as 'Love Story' and 'You Belong With Me' as well as her latest, edgier numbers 'Look What You Made Me Do' and 'Delicate'.

Thalia Hoey (12) and her friend Keira Lynass started getting ready for the gig at 4pm yesterday.

The Stillorgan girls were "super excited" to see their pop idol in action.

Thalia's mum Clarissa confirmed her daughter was a committed fan.

"She has the posters on the back of her bedroom door," she said.

Irish Independent

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