Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Taylor Swift's 1989 Concert!

I have a zillion other things I should be doing right now, but I needed to get this all off my phone and then it made me want to go back and do it all over again, so I figured I might as well relive it through blogging :-).
It has been nearly an entire year since we got tickets to Taylor Swift, so to have the day finally arrive was pretty exciting! She ended up adding a Houston date after we got good tickets for the Dallas show and she was here last month so it got the girls even more excited to go because so many kids at school had already seen her. She played at AT&T Stadium in Dallas where the Cowboys play and that place is MASSIVE!!! I have never been in an arena so huge. It was a sold out show to 60,000 fans...and we were lucky enough to have 3rd row seats. As the concert got closer Ella mentioned wanting to touch her again (when we saw her two years ago) and we had to explain how that had been a once in a life-time moment :)...it was seriously crazy! This year with her stage set-up she had herself a little more separated from the fans.
Saturday, Oct 17th, was the big day! We arrived in Dallas early enough to grab some In N Out quickly before heading to the stadium. Mike had managed to get the VIP packaged seats again so we only had a small window to enter and since I had shoots all morning, we had been a little stressed about making sure we made it. But we did! We got in, bought our merchandise with no lines and then headed to the VIP area to hang out. The food was better this time (southern style) but Ella was disappointed there was no photo booth again :-). We hung out, went to check out our seats and then went back to the VIP area for the raffle. We were completely stuffed and ready for the show by the time we headed down to our seats for good.
This was Addie's first concert ever and she LOVED it! It was so cute watching her take it all in! Having two openers was a little much for her, but once Taylor started she smiled and sang along the entire show (with one break resting on Mike). Ella was dancing and singing the whole time too. Taylor puts on an AMAZING show, but it was hard to not just watch the girls watching it all!
Another fun thing to watch was crazy fans being brought down to the front row. Taylor doesn't sell the first row of seats and has people walking around in the super high ones looking for the most devoted fans. The lucky few who were selected would walk up to the front row SOOO excited and often crying that they were going to be so close to her. I loved watching it! One group literally sobbed the entire show.
Taylor also has had a special guest for each city of her tour so we were so curious who ours would be and were pleasantly surprised when Ellie Goulding came out to sing her hit song. The dancers, the lights, the moving stage, the fireworks, the confetti at the end...it was AMAZING!!! And to see her so close as she was doing it all is seriously the best! So, in summary, Mike is the best for making it happen :-)!
(the camera I borrowed ran out of batteries during the first song, but my phone actually did a pretty good job for the rest of the concert)
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The two openers were Shawn Mendes and Vance Joy and they were both really good.
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a couple of the dancers were down taking pictures and it was fun to see them on stage later that night
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Some of the crazy fans that were brought to the front row :-)
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And then FINALLY...the moment arrived!!!
Her set list for our show was...
Welcome to New York
New Romantics
Blank Space
I Knew You Were Trouble
I Wish You Would
How You Get the Girl
I Know Places
Fifteen
Clean
Love Story
Style
Bad Blood
Love Me Like You Do (with Ellie Goulding)
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Wildest Dreams
Out of the Woods
Shake It Off


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