On Friday night Toong and I went to Sydney to attend the Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour. I’d been counting down for months and months, so when the day finally rolled around I was beyond excited. Anyone unlucky enough to follow me on twitter or be at my school would know that all I did all day was count down until the concert. We finally arrived, and though we missed half of Hot Chelle Rae’s set, nothing could stop our enthusiasm. There was half an hour between the end of HCR and the start of Taylor and Toong and I were dying with anticipation.
We waited, and finally were rewarded as the lights went down and the curtain went up to reveal an absolutely amazing stage, and then up popped Taylor. The screams were deafening.
In 2010 I attended the Fearless World Tour so I knew that I was going to be in for an absolutely breath-taking evening, but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how amazing it was. Unlike Miley, who spent her entire concert last year on a rather empty stage, Taylor filled her two hour set with numerous set changes, costume changes, end-of-the-arena changes, and even one memorable moment where she flew over the crowd standing in a mini-platform thing.
The set list was mainly hits from “Speak Now”, but she also sang “Fifteen”, “You Belong With Me”, “Our Song”, and “Love Story”, as well as “Safe And Sound” from The Hunger Games soundtrack. Every song was accompanied by brilliant theatrics and the audience screaming every lyric at the top of their lungs. She played to a sold-out All-Phones Arena, with audience members ranging from the very young, to the very old (sitting across the aisle from us was a group of at least sixty year olds). At the train station waiting to get a train back to the city, there was a very drunk but very enthusiastic twenty-something year old guy belting out Tsweezy tunes. If that’s not proof of her widespread fanbase, I don’t know what is.
My favourite song of the night was probably Speak Now because they decked out the stage like a full on church, with a priest and everything. The ‘bride’ was wearing a gown that was shaped like a pastry, and it was just so fun and brilliant.
The whole concert just made you happy, and gave you hope for the future of not only music, but also of this next generation. Not everything is about sex and drugs and alcohol and violence, Taylor sings about sweetness and love and she is such an amazing role model. While many of my friends complain that everything she sings “is the same”, I will always love Taylor because she’s not afraid to stay true to herself, unlike many other ‘celebrities’ of her age that many tweens and teens (unfortunately) seem to be worshipping of late.
As our seats weren’t exactly ideal for photo taking (see that annoying cable in front of us completely blocking the view of the middle of the stage? Yeah. Just a little annoying), the quality of those I did snap is questionable, but I’ll include a couple of the better ones just to give you a glimpse into the amazing concert that was the Speak Now World Tour.
Taylor will be forever one of my biggest inspirations and role models, and I am so glad I have had the opportunity to see her twice in concert. I cannot wait to here more of what she puts out in the future. I will always be a massive fan of Miss Swift.
frangipani princess xoxo