So, it finally happened. June 22nd 2018 I went to Wembley to see Taylor’s Reputation concert. The days leading up it still hadn’t quite sunk in and it really crept up on me and even now I can’t believe it actually happened. That that was something I actually witnessed with my own to eyes. It was a beautiful sight and a magical night, here’s how it went down.
The day of I woke up at 6AM feeling sick with excitement and nervousness. We did it as a coach trip package so we didn’t have to worry about travelling. But it meant we didn’t know what our seats were until the day of. We got our tickets on the coach and I will admit was a little disappointed with where we were sitting to begin with as we were right around the side and almost at the back of the stage. But honestly there was no such thing as a ‘bad view’ and we were so close to the main stage I ended up loving our seats.
On the coach ride which lasted around three hours I listened to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook. This helped me relax a lot as it’s such a familiar story and I definitely needed that seeing as I was so nervous about the amount of people there was going to be at the stadium.
When we got to the stadium we lined up for an hour for merch. And eventually left the line with nothing which was so disappointing but the lines just weren’t going anywhere. We eventually found our entrance and after a lengthy tour of the stadium (we went the wrong way) where we thankfully found another merch stand and I was able to at least get a programme.
The minute it started feeling real was when I saw Taylor’s mum. I spotted her when I noticed a surge of people rushing forward on the ground floor. She walked through a sea of fans beaming and holding hands and hugging people and I burst into overwhelming tears because strangely, that was the moment I realised Taylor was actually here, I was actually here. We were at Wembley with 90,000 other swifties and we were there to dance and have a good time and just for a little while the rest of the world just didn’t matter.
When Taylor came on and I couldn’t even scream I was so overcome with emotion. I was overcome with happiness and love and I couldn’t take it and just started sobbing. Like, ugly crying. And I’ve never been happier to cry. The dancers rushed on, there was smoke and lights and screams and I watched it all through watery eyes.
I’d calmed down by I Did Something Bad and was able to enjoy the incredible remix like holy clap please can she release a studio version of that?! The whole performance was next level amazing, the choreography, her vocals, the visuals. The stage was literally breathing fire that was so hot I could feel the heat on my face, which was a nice short relief from the cold evening air (I made the poor decision to wear shorts.)
Then there was gorgeous. I love the cute dance moves and seeing her back up singers front and centre. The best part was of course the Cats line when Meredith and Olivia took over the LED screen. Also, I took a great picture of Taylor during this song and then the next day Taylor shares a HQ photo of literally the exact same moment. How crazy is that?
Then I kind of lost my shit because she went from Style to Love Story to You Belong With Me and if you can keep calm during that mash-up there’s something wrong with you. I screamed the lyrics and started dancing manically and had the time of my life. During Love Story the band came out and I saw Mike and Amos and she and Mike did their signature move and it was so special to see it with my own two eyes. I remember hugging my Mum while YBWM was playing, it’s such a special song to us as its the song where we found Taylor. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago now.
And then, she killed off the old Taylor with LWYMMD. I don’t love this song, but the performance was, quite frankly, epic. The inflatable snakes, the screen, the way the crowd screamed the words. And I really love her outfit for this song and the fact that she wears it for the next two songs as well.
I’m really glad she found a way to sing End Game without Future and Ed. I sang King of my Heart at the top of my lungs and I loved the stage for this. I don’t know what it was she was standing on but it was really cool.
Next was delicate and she made such a beautiful speech about what Reputation means to her. I didn’t have the guts to say 1.2.3 Lets Go Bitch in front of my mum but I did count to three with my hands and hearing the crowd scream it was hilarious and iconic. She got into the beautiful gold cage and flew across the stadium to the first B Stage.
Next was Shake It Off and when that began the whole stadium just ignited. Everyone stood up, everyone cheered, everyone danced. There were fireworks and confetti and it was such a memorable moment.
Then she went acoustic and made a speech about song writing and how still, after so many years of doing it, when she writes a song she always goes back to guitar or piano. She sang DWOHT and then the surprise song was So It Goes which is the first time she’s sang it on tour, meaning she played the entire Reputation album and we were the first crowd to hear it!
Then she went through the crowd to the other B stage to sing Blank Space and I’m so glad I got to sing along to that song with her. It’s one of my favourites she’s ever written. Next was Bad Blood and Should’ve Said No and this mashup was epic. I love the fact that she included so many old songs by mashing them with new ones. They all went so well together. The staging was insane as well the whole stage went bright red and there was a guy on a cord doing cool somersaults and tricks and he looked like a cool assassin or something.
Then she sang Don’t Blame Me. The staging was actually quite simple for this song but it allows you to focus on her beautiful heavenly voice. Then after was the song I was most looking forward to seeing perform as I love her piano performances. She did a mash-up of Long Live and New Years day. During this song she stopped to listen to the crowd and got a two minute ovation for like 2 minutes straight. It was a beautiful sound and her smile was glowing.
Then there was a video visual thing of a poem she’d written called ‘Why She Disappeared’ and it was the most beautiful poem I’ve ever read/listened to. My favourite lines were ‘Blew away along with my fair weathered friends’ and when it said ‘What you do is not enough, what you say is not right, your kindness is fake, your pain is manipulative.’ She really opens up and lays it all out in that poem.
Next was getaway car which was so amazing to hear live. Another one I just screamed the lyrics to. I’m seriously stuck on whether I want this to be the next single or I Did Something Bad. Then she brought out special guest Niall Horan which in sad to say I wasn’t hyped about although I do really like him.
The last two songs started. First was CIWYW which had a lot more choreography than I thought it would. This is also the song where they released the newspaper confetti. Then the finale started with WANEGBT taking me back to the Red Tour back in 2014.
Then, finally, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things started. The lights were going crazy the wristbands went berserk and the fireworks absolutely lit up the sky. I was screaming at the top of my lungs and felt literally on top of the world. It was an incredible sensation. The night was sparkling and magical. And I’m so grateful I got to experience that feeling.
Best night of my life.
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