Northern Ireland

Excitement builds ahead of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Dublin

The US singer will play three nights at the Aviva Stadium this weekend

Taylor Swift on stage
Taylor Swift on stage (Ian West/PA)

Thousands of ‘Swifties’ from Northern Ireland are preparing to travel to Dublin this weekend as Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour arrives.

Tickets went on sale almost a year ago, and now their ‘wildest dreams’ will come true as the wait is almost over.

Attendees are expected to wear customised outfits based on one of the US popstars songs.

These will be accessorised with DIY friendship bracelets sporting song lyrics, titles or other ‘fandom’ sayings, which are traditionally swapped with other fans at the concerts.

Samantha Scott from Lisburn is heading to the closing concert on Sunday night after already attending one in Edinburgh and another in London.

Samantha Watson travelled to Wembley Stadium to see Taylor Swift
Samantha Watson travelled to Wembley Stadium to see Taylor Swift

The 19-year-old told The Irish News she is looking forward to trading off some more friendship bracelets at this weekend’s concert.

“I have over 120 bracelets and I’d say 50 of those are from Edinburgh and London alone,” she said.

“It’s a great way to meet people and gather keepsakes from the show. There are so many people from all over the world. We’ve met people from France, America and Bulgaria.”

After seeing the Tortured Poets Department singer twice this month already Samantha said she is still as excited for Sunday’s concert.

“Taylor Swift always changes bits and piece of the show so the Dublin one will still be a little to different to what I saw already,” she said.

“What I would say is don’t get too hung up about where you are sitting or standing during the concert.

“Some people were complaining about the price of tickets and being in a row at the back, but Taylor Swift has the concert put together so well that no matter where you are in the area it will be the best experience and you are going to have an amazing night.”

Meanwhile, north Belfast native Meadbh Murphy arrived home from Australia on Tuesday to join her friends for the concert this weekend.

She told The Irish News it will be worth the 30 hours of travel.

“I saw the Reputation tour in Dublin a few years back and it was brilliant,” she said.

“I cant wait to experience the Eras Tour with my best mates.

“We’re all super excited.”

Taylor Swift will perform at her Eras Tour at the Aviva Stadium on June 28, 29 and 30.