Taylor Swift 1989 Tour at Manchester

27 June 2015



Where do I even begin with this one?


I've loved Taylor Swift since I was about 11 years old (when Love Story was released) and must have played her debut album 'Fearless' about 1,000,001 times. Now, 8 years later, I've finally had the chance to see the queen herself live in concert.

I've decided that I'm going to write a whole other post on why I love Taylor herself (make sure you're following this blog to keep an eye out for that one!), so today I'm going to tell you all about my time at her latest tour, 1989.

First of all, my friend Grace and I had to travel down to Manchester. It took a lot of train tickets,



but we made it! We had a little time to spare so we decided to do a little shopping.

     





 The summer sales were on which was great because I ended up getting 2 tops, 1 jumper and a body mist from Hollister for £48 and a limited edition Marc Jacobs perfume from Selfridges down from £48 to £20, bargain!

This was my first time at the Manchester Arena and I didn't quite realise how big the Arena actually was after being used to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. The bigger scale meant an amazing atmosphere but there was a downside to it. Our seats were in the upper tier. So what? You may ask. Well, it turns out that anxiety, heights and lots of people doesn't mix well.

I spent the opening act trying to calm myself down and couldn't really pay attention to anything else that was going on (sorry Vance Joy!) and I was so close to getting up and walking out. The thought 'I can't do it, I can't look down, I won't be able to watch the show' was on a constant loop in my head. Every time I looked down I freaked out even more. However, in the break after Vance Joy, my friend and I went outside to go to the toilet and get a drink and I think that's just what I needed, to get out and take a second out of the situation to just breath. When we returned to our seats (and I'd had a drink) I felt much calmer and was ready for Taylor to come on. Phew!

The lights went down and the wristbands lit up, there was an instant buzz in the air and a roar of screams from the crowd. The wristbands were one of my favourite things about the show. There was one left on each seat which meant that everyone there could be involved. The wristbands lit up different colours in sync to the music, it looked magical.



Taylor sang and performed every song from her 1989 album (when does that ever happen?!) and the crowd seemed to cheer louder for every song.


I love that she put on such a big production of a show with costume changes, dancing, playing various instruments, walking around on a floating platform, dancers on heelies, huge paper aeroplanes... the list is endless.


I also loved the videos that played in her costume change breaks that featured some of her celeb friends like Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevigne. The videos were funny and gave Taylor's audience an insight into her life, thoughts and what it's like to be her friend.

The biggest thing that I admired was Taylor's speeches before some of her more meaningful songs. She gave out messages to her audience telling them that they should love themselves, not to worry if they're going through a tough time, not to let guys mess them about and to remember that you are special. You never know, for a lot of people out of the 15,000 there, that might have been just what they needed to hear.

Not to mention, Taylor is hilarious! She honestly made me laugh so much as she has the same sarcastic humour as someone like Emma Stone, so that just made me wish that she was my best friend even more!!

For my outfit I wore a pinstripe blazer with a black vest top, a quilted, baby pink skater skirt and a pair of black wedge boots.


I wore the blazer through the day and then wrapped it around my waist on the night.





(Blazer - New Look, Top - New Look, Skirt - H&M, Boots - Kurt Geiger)

Writing this post has just made me want to go back to this night so much! Have you been to the 1989 tour? If you have then please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about it!

Lucy x



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