When I saw that Taylor was taking over Hyde Park to perform all the songs from her latest album, 1989, I instantly rounded up some friends that would be up for attending and purchased tickets. Then it was straight on to outfit planning because we all know how important that is and you can check out what I went with here.
It was such a brilliant concert, the weather was beautiful, the support acts were fantastic and the general vibe was so fun and friendly.
Here are 5 things I learnt from the gig that I thought would be fun to share:
1. Taylor is an incredible performer and is so hard working. She began her set at 8pm and continued until 10pm, with only little breaks to change outfits. She played piano, and a guitar upon a podium that was elevated to above 20ft of the crowd, all the while singing live and dancing lots. Very commendable considering a lot of artists nowadays mime and leave all the playing of instruments to their backing band.
2. If by some crazy miracle Taylor’s singing career doesn’t continue to go stratospheric, she will always have a career in motivational speaking. In between most songs, she gave little speeches on everything from love to not comparing yourself to others on social media. She said don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel, wise words. She also spoke about leaving your past in the past and not letting it affect your future. All this advice was fantastic and so important for her young fans to hear, for some of us older (mid-twenties) fans it was at times a little cheesy but we will just put it down to passion and enthusiasm.
3. She has the best and biggest squad around and empowering ladies seems to be very important to her. OK so this is not news because we have all seen the iconic Bad Blood video but as well as having Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Serena Williams, Cara Delevingne, and Martha Hunt join her on stage for Style, she also had video messages from Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, Jaime King, Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne, and the Haim sisters play while she did outfit changes. Many would question why she would want all these stunning ladies stealing her limelight but I think it was more about supporting each other and not being jealous or mean #girlpower!
4. She is really genuine. This was the biggest audience she has ever performed in front of, with over 65,000 people in attendance. You could tell she was completely overwhelmed and amazed that so many people came out to see her, at one stage if seemed as though she even mouthed Holy F*ck…
5. She loves her fans. On arrival everyone was given a white led bracelet and told “it’s a present from Taylor”, while it was a fantastic PR move on her behalf, it was also a really sweet gesture and when it started to get dark around 10pm it was incredible to look around and see 65,000 people holding up their arms and lights shining brightly. I’m sure it was an even more incredible sight for Taylor looking out at the crowd on stage.
Did you get a chance to see the 1989 world tour?