The Era’s Tour: A Concert Down Memory Lane

One of the posters for Taylor Swift’s Era’s Tour

One of the posters for Taylor Swift’s Era’s Tour

Gianna Amato, Life Assistant Editor

In 2019, Taylor Swift was the first female artist to be awarded the title of “Artist of the Decade,” as stated by Billboard Magazine. Since her debut in 2006, Swift has dominated the charts and amazed fans nationwide. She’s explored all types of personas and genres, from cheery pop albums like 1989 and Lover, to bold, fierce albums like Reputation, and even slowed-down, intimate indie-folk works like Folklore and Evermore. Taylor Swift has proven herself to be a multifaceted artist capable of succeeding in all genres.

As a way of commemorating all these different eras, taking her fans on a trip down memory lane, Swift arranged the Era’s Tour, where she would be performing songs from each of her eras. USA Today reports that the setlist includes songs like “Cruel Summer,” “Love Story,” “Ready For It?” “Karma,” and “Marjorie.” The grand total is 44 tracks, including a surprise song(s) that she sings at the end of the night and doesn’t sing again at the next shows. She gave her first performance on March 17, 2023, in Arizona, and the surprise songs were “Mirrorball” and “Tim McGraw,” as IMDB claims.

Many fans are enamored with the idea of an “Era’s Tour” and have gone to great lengths to get tickets. It seems as though for many young people, especially women, who grew up listening to her and using her music to get through hard times, getting to hear her albums live and blended together has been a life-changing experience. Plenty of fans have even made special outfits for the tour to represent a specific time in Taylor’s career and also put together friendship bracelets to trade with other attendees at the shows. However, Ramapo teacher Ms. Schwarz thinks that although it’s a “cute idea”, it’s not “groundbreaking” in any way. [Swift] knows that people want to hear her hits when they come to see a show.”

However, this hasn’t stopped people from doing whatever they can to see Swift on tour. Kate Spina, a senior at Ramapo who will be attending the concert, describes her experience acquiring tickets as “stressful and time-consuming.” She says it was “not easy or cheap to get tickets, but it was definitely worth it.” “I am so excited to get dressed up for the show and see other fans there who love her music as much as I do and hopefully trade a few bracelets,” Spina says.

The general consensus is that the Era’s Tour is made for Taylor Swift’s diehard supporters. It appears to be a magical experience that only true fanatics could understand. But even if you weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets to a show, you can keep up-to-date online and get a taste of the experience for yourself.