Taylor Swift is back on the road


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Taylor Swift poses for her first album released in 2006, titled “Taylor Swift.” This artist has come a long way since then.

After years of waiting, the well known and loved singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is back on tour.
Swift is making her big return since a 2018-19 tour by performing songs from almost all of her previous albums and inviting a few artists, such as beabadoobee and Gracie Abrams, on stage with her.
“For Santa Clara, I got Gracie Abrams as an opener, which I’m really excited about because it’s like two concerts in one,” senior Angelina Castro, who is attending a show in Santa Clara and Los Angeles this summer, said.
Besides concert openers, most fans are looking forward to seeing Swift herself perform their favorite songs from their favorite albums during what is expected to be a three-hour set list. Stans also have been anticipating outfits from other fans inspired by different albums of Swift’s.
“I feel like Taylor Swift fans are like definitely on another level about their outfits,” senior Elise Hongkham said.
Added junior Sam Saunders, “I’m most excited to see all the cool era tour outfits and of course to see Taylor perform my fav songs.”
Saunders recalls being a fan since he was eight years old, which was when Swift’s “1989” album came out.
While local fans are anticipating her arrival in late July in Santa Clara, the grueling process of actually obtaining tickets to see Swift in person can pretty much be described as a nightmare.
“It was the worst experience ever on Ticketmaster. The stress me and my friend went through just to get tickets were insane,” Saunders said. “I experienced a lot of issues getting tickets such as the website crashing and getting kicked out of the waiting room constantly, but I was so lucky to get tickets.”
On top of that, resellers purchased tickets just to upsell the price on another website.
“All of my tickets kept getting sold out,” junior Yuvika Vaishnav said.
Castro remembers the stress of just waiting for the tickets to go on sale and jumping on the computer, waiting in the lobby, and buying tickets as fast as she could. She first had her sister buy six tickets to one of Swift’s Los Angeles shows, August 3-5 and 8-9. She then received an email saying she had an extra opportunity to buy tickets in Santa Clara, so she purchased two more tickets for one of the local shows on July 28-29.
“For the ones I got for L.A, they were $400 each for lower bowl and for Santa Clara they were $200 [for] upper bowl.”
The ticket price points range from just $141 to nearly $1,000 for the best seats in the house.