Okay, I finally feel like I’ve recovered enough to be able to write about last Monday, the day I went to see Taylor Swift live in Dublin for the first time in 4 years. I would have told you about it sooner but every time I face the fact that it’s all over now and I may not see her for another four years I start crying. I never really believed that Post Concert Depression was a real thing before, but it is. Trust me.
So, I woke up at 7:30 am on Monday morning and got dressed in my ‘Irish Swiftie Squad’ t-shirt and black skater skirt that my dad had spent 3 hours the night before sewing fairy lights into. I ate breakfast, but I was so excited and nervous that I got sick. My friend collected me at half nine and we were at the arena by 11:15 am. I know that seems early but we were standing and we wanted to be close. I can genuinely say that I had so much fun waiting in the queue, I was with some of the ‘Irish Swiftie Squad’ who I’d been talking to and planning for this concert with for months but had never met and we all just clicked, and I made new friends in the queue too. It was a long day and I was afraid to eat or drink in case I needed to go to the bathroom.
At around 4:30 the queue started pushing forward and we were near the front and a staff member asked us to show him our phone so we did and we got into a priority entrance because we were on the phone network that sponsored the arena. This just meant we were first in the queue to get in so when the doors opened at just before 7 we ran straight to the barrier at the runway. The stage was massive. A long runway that raised and rotated led the way to the b-stage and the lower tier seats had been taken out to make room for it and increased the standing area hugely. The arena was stuffy and had no air conditioning so I felt like I was about to melt but I didn’t care because I was too excited.
Vance Joy was the opening act and he was brilliant. I’d only heard one of his songs ‘Riptide’ before the show but I really enjoyed seeing him. When he finished we had another half an hour to wait before Taylor Swift would come on and it was uncomfortable and my feet hurt but as soon as the lights dimmed and the videos that were playing for our entertainment came to a close I forgot everything else. The entire arena was buzzing with energy and screams of excitement flooded the place as Taylor came on stage, raising up from below. The audience was so loud you could barely hear her. She opened with Welcome to New York and it was incredible. She had 9 dancers, 4 background singers and the same band she’s had since she was 17 (minus a couple of people!).
The entire show was incredible and I could explain every second of it in perfect detail but I would be here all day. She sang every song on her latest album, 1989, as well as We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Rock Version), I Knew You Were Trouble and Love Story. There were 9 costume changes and she wore everything from head to toe leather to a green, sparkly, tasseled number that I thought vaguely resembled a Christmas Tree. It was an amazing production, with the perfect balance of stripped back, acoustic vocals and energetic performances surrounded by dancers. She played “You’re In Love” with nothing but her acoustic guitar, ‘Love Story’ on keyboard and ‘Wildest Dreams/Enchanted’ on piano.
My favourite song of the night was clean because the speech before it was so moving and inspirational and it’s always been one of my favourite songs on her new album. She said something that absolutely everyone needs to hear. You don’t need to be a fan of Taylor to listen to the clean speech and I would really recommend it (you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovF3VxG7GYw ). Another part of the show that I loved was during Wildest Dreams/ Enchanted and almost everyone in standing held up and A4 sheet that said “We ❤ Mama Swift” because Taylor’s mum was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and she is such a strong woman and is always there for Taylor. She has attended every single show on the 1989 World Tour and hand picks fans to meet Taylor after the show. We wanted to show our appreciation for her. She picked my friend Eoin to meet Taylor in ‘Loft 89’ after the show and asked him if she could keep one of the signs. She was really touched by it.
The show lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes and she closed the show with Shake It Off and I don’t think I’ve ever danced so hard in my life. If I could I would do it all over again right now. It was the best experience of my life. She smiled at me just after she finished singing Blank Space and I’ve never been so emotional in my life.