Tay­lor Swift

We’ve been en­vi­ous of Amer­i­can fans for months. Now it’s fi­nally our turn to see Tay­lor Swift in the flesh!

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The Rep­u­ta­tion Tour low­down!

‘Deep blue, but you painted me golden’

Those seven lit­tle words were enough to send Swifties into a frenzy as they ap­peared on Tay­lor Swift’s In­sta­gram ac­count. Ac­com­pa­nied by a black and white photo of the 28-year-old re­hears­ing for her Rep­u­ta­tion Sta­dium Tour, it was the sneak peek fans around the world had been wait­ing for. Since an­nounc­ing her world tour last year, Tay had been keep­ing the deets un­der wraps. But in true Tay­lor style, she made sure her fans were the first to know. Thir­teen days be­fore kick­ing off her tour, she started re­veal­ing clues and be­hind-thescenes snaps on In­sta­gram (ICYMI, 13 is her favourite num­ber and we’re #ob­sessed with how she works it into ev­ery­thing she does). Now she’s about to visit Aus­tralia for the last leg of her tour, so we dish on what to ex­pect when you see her in the flesh.

Tay­lor has al­ways been known for putting on an epic per­for­mance and this will be her largest yet, with three stages.

‘The rea­son why I want there to be three is be­cause I want to be able to get as close to you as pos­si­ble,’ Tay­lor told her fol­low­ers.

The main stage is over 33 me­tres long. EPIC!

‘It’s got a video­screen wall that’s pretty seam­less and con­tin­ues down onto the floor,’ she said. ‘It looks so cool from the up­per sec­tions of the sta­dium, but it’s a lit­tle bit like walk­ing on an op­ti­cal il­lu­sion.’ Our girl Tay has a bi­i­i­i­iig rep­u­ta­tion for al­ways find­ing new ways to con­nect with her fans. She proved that when she or­gan­ised her 1989 Se­cret Ses­sions, hand-pick­ing fans to hear her per­form the en­tire al­bum be­fore its re­lease in 2014.

This year, she’s is back at it, pick­ing au­di­ence mem­bers to meet her af­ter each show in the amaz­ing Rep Room, com­plete with ser­pents (not real ones, dw!) and a throne. Fans get handed a brightly coloured let­ter with in­struc­tions if they’re cho­sen.

‘We’ll be look­ing in all kinds of dif­fer­ent ways to find peo­ple,’ Tay said.

Her mum, An­drea, has been seen scop­ing out the crowd, too.

We’d be like the old Tay­lor and DIE if we were picked. As well as an adorned snake mi­cro­phone, there are gi­ant an­i­ma­tronic snakes fill­ing the stage – and we are liv­ing for it! The fact she’s em­brac­ing the ‘snake’ tag shows Tay­lor is con­fi­dent in her own skin. She even talked about it dur­ing open­ing night in Ari­zona.

‘A cou­ple of years ago, some­one called me a snake on so­cial me­dia and it caught on. And then a lot of peo­ple called me a lot of things on so­cial me­dia. And I went through some re­ally low times for a while be­cause of it,’ she said. ‘You shouldn’t care so much if you feel mis­un­der­stood by a lot of peo­ple who don’t know you, as long as you feel un­der­stood by peo­ple who do know you, who will show up for you.’

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