Last night I went to Taylor Swift's reputation Stadium Tour at London's Wembley Stadium. I've always really liked Taylor Swift, but it was after the release of her latest album, reputation, that I fell in love with her music all over again.
I've seen Taylor live a few times, but never had I ever been to one of her own shows, so I was really excited to see what it would be like. I watched a few clips online and looked at pictures that people had taken from previous shows in the tour, but I was careful not to spoil too much for myself.
The show opened with Ready For It...?, which I think was the perfect opener. Not only was Taylor literally asking the crowd if they're 'ready for it', the incredible production of the song set the tone for what the rest of the show would be like.
The next song was one of my favourites on the album, I Did Something Bad. I sometimes get a bit worried to see my favourite songs live in case the artist doesn't do them justice, however after last night I love I Did Something Bad even more. To say the production was great is the biggest understatement, it was phenomenal. Taylor used every part of the stadium to make the song truly come to life, with fire coming from the top of the stage and fireworks going off at the top of the stadium in time to the beat of the chorus. I've been to many concerts, but this was one of the first times I've been so impressed that I'm speechless.
The show continued and Taylor did some old hits, such as my all time favourite, Love Story. The first interlude came, after which Taylor came out and performed the lead single from reputation, Look What You Made Me Do. Unsurprisingly, the production of this song was again fantastic. During the song the big screen on the left showed Taylor performing, while the big screen on the right showed a snake almost coming at Taylor. The snake on the screen then disappeared and the stage opened to reveal a giant snake behind Taylor that actually moved!
The show continued and Taylor didn't disappoint during any of the songs. What I found really surprising about Taylor was how she sounds almost exactly the same live (if not better) as the audio versions of her songs.
It was then time to perform another fan favourite, Shake It Off, and what I loved in particular about this performance was how Taylor brought up both of her support acts (Charli XCX and Camila Cabello) to perform the song with her. I thought this was a really nice touch because the support acts' performances actually feel like part of the show and get acknowledgment, rather than the main artist seemingly forgetting about them.
Shake It Off was performed on one of the smaller B stages, and Taylor actually flew over the audience to get there. Having Taylor fly over the crowd made the stadium feel much more intimate, and once again showed how well Taylor used the space she was given to not only put on an incredible show, but to feel close and connected with her fans at the same time.
The two B stages were really cool, as during Shake It Off a giant moving snake came out of both stages. Having giant snakes appearing, fire, fireworks and Taylor flying over the audience really made you feel like you were watching a high end production, and not just a random concert.
Taylor then performed So It Goes, a song from the album that she'd never performed live before. When I first saw the setlist for the tour, I was really annoyed that So It Goes wasn't included, so when Taylor did a surprise performance of it last night I was thrilled!
The next songs were to be performed on the second B stage and to get there Taylor walked through the crowd! As she did this she had the biggest smile on her face and touched everyone's hands, and you could see how genuinely happy and grateful she was for her fans, and it was lovely to see.
As the show continued and Taylor was back on the main stage, she performed a few songs on the piano. During a gap in the song New Years Day, the crowd began cheering and clapping really loudly. Taylor proceeded to take out her earpieces to hear the audience properly, to which the screams and cheers got louder. As Taylor became more and more in shock at what was happening, the cheers got even louder, and this happened for about four minutes. It was really beautiful to be part of that moment of love and gratitude, both from fans to Taylor and Taylor to her fans.
Towards the end of the show Taylor announced that there was a special guest, something that she randomly does on some of her shows. One Direction's Niall Horan then came on stage, and they performed his hit single Slow Hands together.
The final songs were then performed, starting with the classic We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and finished with This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things from reputation.
The finale was again unsurprisingly amazing as it was finished off with a firework display, something that you don't typically see at the end of a concert.
Its become 'cool' now to hate on Taylor, but I honestly don't see how you can. She's insanely talented and comes across as a genuinely nice person who appreciates how lucky she is to be performing at stadiums. So I honestly can't see what there is to dislike about her.
Overall, the reputation Stadium Tour was one of the best concerts I've ever been to.
Taylor Swift is made to be performing in stadiums, and anything less would be robbing her of her talents. I'm so impressed by the show that I want to go back and watch it all over again.
If Taylor is taking the reputation Stadium Tour to a city near you, I definitely recommend buying tickets!