The rep tour Dublin: The 13th concert of reputation gets marked

It was not permanent marker, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who appreciates all the throwbacks to the past tours of the Sparkly Dressed, we’re deep in nostalgia this weekend. The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone decided to commemorate the thirteen show of the tour and encore performance at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland with a very familiar drawing on her hand.

13th show so I had to bring it back 1️⃣3️⃣🍀

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The thirteen, drawn in marker by Andrea Swift, has not been seen since the days of The Fearless Tour. Am I wrong in thinking that it also used to appear during the Speak Now Tour?

Taylor’s surprise songs on the B-stage were acoustic versions of “Mean” on Friday, June 15 and “How You Get The Girl” on Saturday, June 16th.

And as a bonus, here’s Camila Cabello paying homage to a recent trend of going “1, 2, 3, let’s go…” during a pause in “Delicate”. Of course that is usually followed by “b*tch” (don’t ask me, I didn’t start it) but she made sure to cut the clip before that so we’ll never know if she actually said it 😉

London’s Wembley is coming up next.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • June 22 & 23: Wembley Stadium. London, United Kingdom.
  • June 30: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, KY.
  • July 7: Ohio Stadium. Columbus, OH.
  • July 10 & 11: FedExField. Washington, DC.
  • July 13 & 14: Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia, PA.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Feature Photo: Gareth Cattermole for Getty Images)

The rep tour Manchester: It is such an honour to play for you tonight

Capture it, remember it, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone played the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on June 8 and 9. Along for the ride, were her already popular opening acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.

The Enchantress had something to say to the crowd. Just over a year ago, Manchester was the setting for a terror attack, a bombing that took the lives of 22 people just after an Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd, 2017. Taylor wanted to make sure they knew she remembered.

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(Source: Dave Hogan for Getty Entertainment)

“What happened a year ago was an attempt to steal that innocent and excitement of a pop concert and since then you’ve shown such strength,” she told the crowd. “You’ve shown you have such incredible resilience to keep dancing and to keep the joy and keep the excitement. I just want to say, Manchester, it is such an honour to play for you tonight.”

Taylor’s surprise songs on the B-stage were acoustic versions of “I Knew You Were Trouble” on Friday, June 8 and “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” on Saturday, June 9th. You can find a growing compilation of her surprise songs on Billboard.

Dublin, Ireland you are next!

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • June 15: Croke Park. Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 22: Wembley Stadium. London, United Kingdom.
  • June 30: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, KY.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Billboard.com. Feature Photo: Dave Hogan for Getty Entertainment)

Sugarland’s Babe music video drops!

This is the last time, Taylor Nation.

Okey, we know it’s not. Taylor has shown she’s always down for a collab, and this one is with yet another country star: the duo Sugarland comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are dropping their new music video for “Babe”. Jennifer is the wronged wife, Kristian is the nosy neighbor, guest star Brandon Routh is the unfaithful husband and Taylor Swift is the other woman.

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(Source: Big Machine Records)

Yes, Taylor makes for a very convincing redhead. I know, she played one in “Bad Blood” but that was another era ago. Director Anthony Mandler brings us a tale as old of time but this one is set in the 60’s. It’s worth mentioning that Taylor might be in the temptress role, but as seen in the video, it’s Routh’s Mad Men-like gentleman character who seems to initiate the affair.

The fact that Taylor is also left behind in the floor of her kitchen lends a lot of gravitas to her situation. In the end, the husband leaves his mistress believing he can come back home and finds himself being left outside in the cold.

The video for “Babe” is now out in iTunes.

I haven’t forgotten about you, Manchester. Hope you’re enjoying your second concert day! We’ll talk about you in a bit.

Coming up next in the Calendar!

  • June 8 & 9: Etihad Stadium. Manchester, United Kingdom
  • June 15: Croke Park. Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 22: Wembley Stadium. London, United Kingdom.
  • June 30: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, KY.

(Source: Big Machine Records via YouTube VEVO)

The rep tour Chicago: A moment of Pride

Love who you love, Taylor Nation.

The Sparkly Dressed had so many amazing moments performing at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd. Her surprise songs for each night were the classic “Our Song” and the party anthem “22”. She took a moment before her performance of “Delicate” for an intro and a dedication for Pride month.

It’s very brave to be vulnerable about your feelings in any sense, in any situation, but it’s even more brave to be honest about your feelings and who you love when you know that that might be met with adversity from society.

So this month and every month I want to send out my love and respect to everybody who has been brave enough to honest about the way they feel, to live their lives as they are, as they feel they should be, as they identify.

This is a month where I think we need to celebrate how far we’ve come. We also need to acknowledge how far we still have left to go. I want to send my love and respect out to everybody who in their journey, in their life, hasn’t yet felt comfortable enough to come out and may you do that in your own time. May we end up in a world where everyone can live and love equally and no one has to be afraid to be vulnerable and say how they feel.

When it comes to feelings and when it comes to love and searching for someone to spend your whole life with it’s all just really… really delicate, you know?

Taylor Swift at Soldier Field, Chicago IL
June 2nd, 2018

A little shoutout to music maestro David Cook. Yes, she near made me cry too. The Enchantress is often criticized for not speaking her mind (but curiously she’s also criticized for standing up for herself which I could write a book about). I am glad she put her thoughts into words for the world to quote.

I heard it rained during Long Live and New Year’s Day. Somehow that makes me very happy. Chicago was a wish that I had to skip over because sometimes I have to be an adult and prioritize other things in life, but I’d like to think I was there in spirit. Perhaps I’ll get to make another wish down the line, but if not I’d like to think it came true for someone else.

Coming up next in the Calendar!

  • June 1& 2: Soldier Field. Chicago, IL.
  • June 8: Etihad Stadium. Manchester, United Kingdom
  • June 15: Croke Park. Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 22: Wembley Stadium. London, United Kingdom.
  • June 30: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, KY.

(Sources: @TaylorNation13, @TSwiftNZ, @TSwiftLA and @LaineyC94 via Twitter. Feature Photo: John Shearer for Getty Images)

Taylor Swift at the Biggest Weekend

Happy weekend, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone was one of the big headliners at the BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea, Wales. Of course you want to see it… But I can’t really give you the entire show. The BBC has the entire thing on their BBC iPlayer, but there’s a region lock on it. They were decent enough to share at least one gorgeous performance, so feel free to enjoy it below.

 

One thing that is being a common pattern in all these performances is how much the audience has missed the Enchantress, although you can also feel how much she’s missed her audience as well. The Sparkly Dressed will come back to the UK in June, right after her two big shows in Chicago.

Bonus! Here’s Camila Cabello performing “Havana”.

Coming up next in the Calendar!

  • June 1& 2: Soldier Field. Chicago, IL.
  • June 8: Etihad Stadium. Manchester, United Kingdom
  • June 15: Croke Park. Dublin, Ireland.
  • June 22: Wembley Stadium. London, United Kingdom.
  • June 30: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Louisville, KY.

(Sources: BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend)