Taylor Swift Eras Tour Melbourne LIVE updates: US pop superstar takes to the stage at MCG in front of sold-out crowd


Taylor Swift Eras Tour Melbourne LIVE updates: US pop superstar takes to the stage at MCG in front of sold-out crowd

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Swift has given the crowds her Fearless 2008 hit Love Story and fans are reporting hearing it from the suburbs.

“I can hear the ecstatic crowd of Swifties from the MCG here at my flat in Fitzroy – here’s a toast to sheer unadulterated joy!,” Richard Watts wrote on X.

More than 6,000 fans have packed the Melbourne stadium and they are making themselves heard.

If impersonation is the highest form of flattery, then Taylor Sheesh could be Swift’s official hype-man.

The Filipino drag queen, who has been impersonating the pop star since 2017, is making her Australian debut at Fed Square until 9.30pm.

Packed with “vogueing”, Bollywood dancing, cheerleading and more, Sheesh’s “Errors Tour” pays homage to Swift while celebrating local and diverse performers from around Australia.

Anna, Tracey and Caity enjoying the Taylor Sheesh show.Credit: Bhavya Vemulapalli

The long-time fan-turned-impersonator has been doing the job for years, but this is her first major public appearance in Australia – and the crowd loves it.

Don’t have an Eras tour ticket? Enjoy the Errors tour instead.

“This is Taylor Sheesh,” says Caity, who is here with her friends. “We’re going to Taylor this Sunday.”

Here’s what else you can get up to in Melbourne if you love Swift.

Ticketless Swifties are not going to let a little thing like a ticket stop them from having the time of their lives.

Large groups of fans gathered near gate 6 of the MCG to dance their hearts away, joining hands and swinging each other around while singing along to Fearless.

Swifties sing along and dance to Fearless outside the MCG during Taylor Swift’s first Melbourne Era’s show.

Swifties sing along and dance to Fearless outside the MCG during Taylor Swift’s first Melbourne Era’s show.Credit: Penny Stephens

An MCG staffer tried to break up the party, shouting that the concourse had to be clear for emergencies. He was met with boos.

The dance circle very soon re-commenced when Swift hurtled into You Belong With Me.

As is classic of the Swiftie community, they reached out their hands to those who were tentatively watching on the periphery, encouraging them to join. The offer was so enticing, so genuine, that I nearly joined myself.

When the song ended, police and security slowly moved them away from the concourse, but some fans were still overwhelmed with adoration for the pop star inside the stadium.

“I love you, Taylor,” one fan screamed as she was led away.

She launches into You Need to Calm Down, which seems like unhelpful advice to this crowd.

It’s very loud indeed. 96,000 people are waving their hands in the air. They are not calm.

No one needs to calm down tonight.

No one needs to calm down tonight.Credit: Jason South

Taylor addresses the crowd.

“I have to be honest with you about something; if I seem a bit like I’m losing my mind, it’s about the fact that there are 96,000 people here tonight – it’s true.

“This is the biggest show we’ve done on this tour or any tour. So that’s the version you get of me tonight; the version of me that’s completely starstruck that you wanted to hang out with me on a Friday night in Melbourne.

“We’re going on an 18-year journey one era at a time.

“My name is Taylor Swift, thank you for joining us on the Eras tour.”

She then launches into Lover, and the colour has arrived. Two dancers ballroom dance while Taylor plays acoustic.

The crowd, still, is not calm.

Then she moves to the front of the stage for the emotional punch-in-the-guts of The Archer. With that, the Lover era is finished, as is any kind of internet reception in the arena.

Taylor Swift goes straight into Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince, a deep cut from 2019’s Lover.

“You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes,” she sings.

Taylor Swift kicks off her first Melbourne Eras concert.

Taylor Swift kicks off her first Melbourne Eras concert.Credit: Jason South

Not this time. Whatever we’ve paid to get here, the crowd is pleased with the prize.

“Oh, hi!” she says.

“AHHHHH!” we scream.

“I have a very important question for you – do you know the words to this bridge?” she asks.

Unequivocally, yes we do.

There was never a chance people would be sitting for this.

Hand on her heart, Taylor says: “Oh, Melbourne, look at you … Every time I’m sad, I’m going to think about this.”

Us too.

She’s pointing at sections of the crowd to scream; you can almost sense thousands of ear drums bursting in a wave across the MCG.

“Melbourne … that was crazy.”

There are 96,000 people here.

Taylor’s donned her sparkly blazer; it’s time for us to meet The Man. There’s even a typewriter ready on stage with paper for Taylor to screw up and throw on the floor.

Ticketless Swifties ran up to the stadium’s edge as Swift began belting out Cruel Summer, congregating in groups to sing along.

Some were even lifted onto their friends’ shoulders – but police weren’t having any of it.

About seven officers quickly escorted people away from the stadium’s edge, instructing fans to “stay on the grass” if they didn’t have a ticket.

Swifties obliged, carefully making their way back to the grassy slopes.

The moment is here.

Swift has taken the stage and is blasting out Cruel Summer, after opening with a short version of Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince.

Melbourne is here for you, Taylor.

Day one of the Eras tour in Melbourne has finally kicked off – the biggest show of Swift’s career is now under way at the MCG.

People are abandoning the toilet queues and RUNNING back to their seats. The eras countdown clock is up.

The crowd has gone absolutely insane, the roar audible from outside the MCG.

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Taylor Swift’s first Australian concert for the Eras tour is kicking off right now.Credit: Getty

“You don’t own me, don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say,” plays to the crowd as a countdown clock does, in fact, tell them what to do.

Are we ready?

It’s toilet break time … apparently everyone got the message.

Sabrina Carpenter has finished her set and everyone has made their way to the loo at once.

As it nears 7.30pm, Swifties are worried they won’t make it to the toilet and back to their seats before the superstar steps onto the stage.

“Is she on at 7.30pm or 8pm?” one fan asks.

Fans face a long wait for the toilets at the MCG ahead of Taylor Swift’s first song.

Fans face a long wait for the toilets at the MCG ahead of Taylor Swift’s first song.Credit: Eliza Sum

The women’s bathrooms at the MCG are not coping with massive lines on the ground floor.

Women and girls have commandeered the stalls in the men’s bathrooms, where there are now also huge queues.

While the fellas are being good sports at the moment, that could change as we tick closer to 8pm.

Many keen Swifties are refusing to let their lack of a ticket stop them from getting a taste of the sold-out concert.

Ella McKenzie did not survive the Ticketek wars, but is here tonight to be “as close to Taylor as possible”.

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Friends Ivana and Jade soak up the vibes on their 1989-themed blanket.Credit: Penny Stephens

She and her friends are sitting outside the MCG, armed with snacks, water, glitter and friendship bracelets.

“It’s awesome to be here tonight to just experience the atmosphere, plus we get to hear the secret songs,” she said.

“Night one is always the best in terms of hype.”

The fans are in good company, with other Taylor-gators setting up outside the MCG too.

Izzy, Kenny and Maddie from the UK have settled on a pink blanket right outside Gate 3.

The trio tried to purchase tickets four times, but were unsuccessful.

“We are here tonight because we just love her,” they said accidentally in unison.

The three Swifties were hoping to hear no body, no crime tonight.

Meanwhile, friends Ivana Kasun and Jade Pedler were getting cosy on their 1989-themed blanket.

For Pedler, 20, tonight’s Taylor-gate is an appetiser before the real thing, which she’ll see next week in Sydney. But for Kasun, 17, this is as close as she’ll get to her idol.

“Even on the presale on Thursday, I wasn’t able to get any tickets. I have Ticketek open 24/7 at this point. I’ll keep trying,” she said.

The pair is equipped with fruit, lollies and plenty of water to ensure they last the whole night.

“We’re just going to be fan-girling the whole night. You can hear the songs really well out here,” Pedler said, before excitedly pointing out a Sabrina Carpenter song that was playing just metres away in the MCG.

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