Taylor Swift announces long-awaited 2023 tour


Emma Hawley and Dayita Mandal

After days of anticipation, Taylor Swift has revealed that she is finally going on tour. The Eras tour will be her first stadium tour since Reputation in 2018, which was at that time the highest-grossing tour in North American history. Though she had planned one for her 2019 album Lover, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually canceled. This time, Swift plans on having 35 different U.S. shows, starting in Arizona next March and coming to a close in Los Angeles’s SoFi stadium. Swift will be stopping to perform in Chicago’s Soldier Field on June 2-4.

The Eras will be a journey through Taylor Swift’s musical career, with old and new songs. While the official setlist has not been released yet, fans are hoping for songs like “Blank Space,” “Willow,” and “End Game,” as well as tracks from her last four albums, which have never been performed live. Swift has already confirmed one song: “Delicate” from her 2017 hit Reputation. The concert will also feature a strong list of opening acts, including popular artists like Paramore, Girl in Red, and Beabadoobee. 

Tickets went on sale via Ticketmaster on November 15. Before it opened to the general public, three different batches of tickets were available, starting with verified fans and Capital One cardholders. The starting price for a ticket is around $49, while VIP packages may cost up to $899. However, tickets are now being resold for up to $24,000. 

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular artists of our era. The singer has released countless hits, including songs like “Shake It Off,” “Lover,” “Bad Blood,” and “Love Story.” She has also won 11 Grammys and 25 Billboard Music awards. It’s no surprise that Swift has amassed an enormous fan base of Swifties, with 231 million followers on Instagram and sold-out dates for nearly all stops of her Reputation tour.

Even though she hasn’t been on tour recently, Swift has been busy in other ways. Her newest album, Midnights, dropped on Oct. 21, 2022. With a tracklist of 13 songs, it marks her first release since Evermore in December 2020, excluding her rerecorded work. Midnights has already become the best-selling album of 2022, surpassing Swift’s own record in the few weeks since it was released. Since then, she has gone on to break countless streaming records and occupy all of the top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100—the first artist in history to achieve such a feat.

Since this Swift’s first tour in almost half a decade, the ticket demand has been higher than ever, with the Ticketmaster website crashing a few hours after the presale began. Ticketmaster released a statement on Twitter in response to their website crashing, stating, “There has been historically unprecedented demand with millions showing up to buy tickets for TaylorSwiftTix Presale.” Fans were also disappointed and upset when Ticketmaster canceled the general sale of tickets that was planned for November 18. Ticketmaster addressed the cancellation in another tweet, saying, “Due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand, tomorrow’s public on-sale for Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has been canceled.” But for those lucky enough to have purchased tickets for The Eras, one thing is sure; Taylor Swift won’t disappoint.