Taylor Swift fever grips Paris at start of Europe tour

Taylor Swift fever grips Paris at start of Europe tour

/ 03:22 AM May 10, 2024

Taylor Swift in France

US singer and songwriter Taylor Alison Swift, also known as Taylor Swift, performs on stage at the Paris La Defense Arena as part of her The Eras Tour, in Nanterre, north-western France, on May 9, 2024. (AFP)

PARIS, France – Taylor Swift-fever struck Paris on Thursday as the highest-grossing tour in history finally arrived in Europe with fans excited to hear songs from her latest album performed live for the first time.

The Eras Tour began its European leg with four dates at the La Defense Arena in Paris.


“I’ve been so excited for so long, I can’t believe it’s actually happening,” said 11-year-old Emma, who had flown in with her mother from New York.


The venue said a fifth of the crowd were from the United States — many attracted by Europe’s rules against charging huge mark-ups on resale tickets that can save Americans thousands of dollars compared with shows at home.

Georg’Ann Daly decided to celebrate her 23rd birthday with the Paris show. It meant flying from Nashville to Chicago to London and catching the Eurostar to Paris.

“I’ve always been obsessed with Taylor Swift,” she told AFP.

A handful of superfans camped out from Tuesday in Paris to ensure they got a prime spot.

“I didn’t plan to, but I came to check it out and I saw the first tents and I panicked a little,” said Chris, 30.

Noah, 20, is seeing all four Paris concerts — he used 22 email addresses to get through the lottery system and secure the tickets.



Some 42,000 people will see Swift in Paris before she heads on for dates in Sweden, Portugal, Spain, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Poland and Austria.

The Eras Tour has worked its way across North and South America and Asia since starting in March 2023.

By the end of the year, it had already become the first to sell more than $1 billion in tickets and is on track to more than double that by the time it concludes in Vancouver this December.

Swifties in Paris are especially excited to hear songs off her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department”, being performed for the first time.

Some critics have derided the 31-track album as bloated and lacking in sure-fire hits.

But you won’t hear that from the devoted crowd in Paris.

“I’ve listened to it probably, like, a million times,” said Emma.

“I hope she plays ‘I Can Do it with a Broken Heart’.”

Swift’s popularity shows no sign of dimming — the new album shifted 1.4 million copies on its first day and broke every streaming record going, reaching a billion streams on Spotify within five days.

Swift’s tell-all dissections of her love stories have been the fuel powering her global domination, and fans have been poring over “The Tortured Poets Department” for cryptic clues about ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn, her short-but-dramatic fling with Matty Healy (lead singer of The 1975), and her current partner, American football star Travis Kelce.

“Taylor talks about toxic relationships, impossible love, politics, mental health, and so much more,” said Chris as she waited by her tent for the big moment.

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