From Her Heart to Her Fans

Review of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour

Taylor Swift in Foxborough

Elizabeth Roy, Staff Writer


If you think you missed the opportunity to see Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour this year, you still have a chance. But, you would have to travel across the sea. Taylor Swift is set to conclude her sixth studio album “Reputation” tour on Nov. 21 in Tokyo.

As one of the leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage.

On July 27 I attended Taylor Swift’s concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough where she performed some of her old songs, such as “Shake It Off,” “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” and “Bad Blood,” as well as new songs such as “…ReadyForIt?.”

Upon entering the stadium, fans were given a bracelet that lit up according to the beat of the songs played during the show. Swift said, “When I look out I can see every single person,” referring to seeing everyone’s bracelets light up when she looked out into the crowd.

Charli XCX and Camila Cabello were the openers. During Camila Cabello’s opening act a worker at Gillette Stadium came up to my family and me who were dancing with our matching purple Rep T-shirts and said, “Would you like to go down to the pit?” We got special VIP bracelets allowing us to enter the floor and were escorted to the pit. Swift was only a few feet away! Right in front of where we were the backup dancers were coming on and off the stage.

We got special VIP bracelets allowing us to enter the floor and were escorted to the pit.

— Elizabeth Roy

The stage was shaped like an X, with two wings protruding out to the left and right. There was also two top to bottom screens on either side.

Swift entered the stage when the two screens opened and she came walking out. Also, during the show Swift had at least eight costume changes. One costume that stood out was a sparkly green jacket that said Rep on it. She wore this while singing “Dancing with Our Hands Tied” accompanied by her guitar.

Her band accompanied her on several songs. What was really unique, though, was that the songs she sang solo on her guitar and piano seemed more soft and from her heart than the pop songs she sang. Her piano was embossed with the word Reputation.

One song that stood out which she sang while on piano was “Long Live.” This brought back reminders of the old her as a country singer. She also sang “Delicate” while on a little platform with lights wrapped around it suspended above the audience.

Towards the end of the show, confetti shot out into the crowd. The confetti wasn’t just some colored paper, it was a tiny newspaper describing Taylor’s concert!

For fans who cannot travel to Australia or Tokyo this month, just wait for what comes next in Swift’s journey of songwriting.