Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour Review (a.k.a. My life changed last night)

Oh, my fellow bloggers/readers...

Last night I had a brush with: Divinity. Perfection. Nirvana. Yes, last night, I was in attendance at Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour.

BEFORE I get into my recap of the night, I am coming to you with my tail between my legs. For the past week I've been hyping the fact that Mrs. Collier and I were going to be tag teaming a Periscope session from Nationals Park. Tragically, and embarrassingly, that didn't happen. I cannot express to you in words how aggravated we were with the cell service at the event. Every time we tried to initiate a 'scoping sesh, we both were given "Poor Connection" alerts, leaving us stranded and unplugged from social media! Even Twitter and Snapchat were struggling to pull a signal! After about 20 attempts, I was able to send out a Tweet alerting everyone of the technical difficulties.

I don't want to sound paranoid, but I have a bizarre theory that I've been throwing around about this "Poor Connection" business. My social media outlets were working perfectly in the stadium RIGHT up until the moment that Taylor came onstage to perform. When she came on, everything was DEAD! In our ticket emails, there was a warning that professional video recording was strictly prohibited. Needless to say, my iPhone is NOT professional, but, still, everyone knows that Taylor can be a bit of a control freak sometimes. I love her to death, but to read about her battle and fight against music streaming services like Spotify and Tidal, it's no surprise that she fiercely frowns upon anyone misusing her music or footage of the tour. SO, I'm hypothesizing that she had some type of block on Snapchat, Twitter, and Periscope inside the stadium once she got on stage. I know that sounds bizarre and paranoid, but if they can block cell service in schools, why not stadiums?!

Anyway, I know a few of you were looking forward to watching some of the concert on Periscope, so I'm sorry if you were disappointed, BUT Mrs. Collier was able to take videos on her phone and I have uploaded them to my YouTube channel! You'll find a couple of the vids at the end of the post!

So here's the recap of the night... I left work early at 3:00 p.m. got off work at 3:30, and rushed home to shower, put on my custom-made tee, and SWIFTly got an Uber (see what I did there hehe) to Nationals Park! Once we were dropped off at the park, our senses were immediatley assaulted with all things Taylor: little girls wearing Taylor-inspired tutus, grown WOMEN wearing Taylor-inspired tutus, Taylor tees, Taylor pants, Taylor signs, Taylor songs playing everywhere, and even TAYLOR THROW BLANKETS!!!!!! It was like Mt. Swift experienced a volcanic eruption all over Nats Park! Crazy! Once out of the Uber, our mission was to find the "blue tent" that was described in our email. Our seats were right on the field, and field seat holders had to go to the blue tent behind the stadium to get the LED wristband that all audience members receive, along with a special field wristband that fast-tracks you to your field seats.


After we claimed our bands, we were going to wait for Mr. and Mrs. Collier to arrive to the park, but they were far away in traffic, so we selfishly passed through security and entered the stadium and started to savagely hunt the 100 sections for the 2-foot tall margaritas! They are a Nats Park FAV! (Timeout, time for a drink count! Total number of drinks consumed by me last night: 3 margaritas, 2 Coors Lights, 1 vodka shot. When you watch the "Bad Blood" video I posted, you'll hear me merrily singing along terribly off-key in the background. Yeah, at that point I was on my 5th foot of margarita.). We walked around the 100 sections, sipping on our drinks and people watching. It was really nice to see people of all ages come together for this happy event! Everyone was just happy! You could feel the electric, carefree attitude in the air! Nirvana.

We downed our first drinks fast, went for seconds, then headed down to the field to find our seats. We
were in a nice spot, in the front of section 20. We had a great view of the stage and the rotating
catwalk. Soon after we got to our seats, Mr. and Mrs. Collier arrived! I knew then that the partied had started!

Taylor was supposed to have three opening acts: Shawn Mendes, Haim, and Vance Joy. Because of severe weather threatening to disrupt the show later that night, they decided to strike Vance's set. So after Haim performed, Taylor immediately came out with a strong debut! Opening with one of her best songs off 1989, "Welcome To New York!" It was a great way to start the show and welcome her "45,000 friends", as she put it. It was in the middle of the song that I noticed the LED wristbands doing their magic! 45,000 LED lights pulsing in unison to the beats of the song, frenetically changing colors. It was a beautiful touch that really heightened the feeling that we all were a unified family of Swifties. It couldn't have been better! Her set list for this night was as follows:

1. "Welcome To New York"
2. "New Romantics" (My t-shirt was inspired by this song. My absolute FAVORITE song on her album.)
3. "Blank Space"
4. "I Knew You Were Trouble"
5. "I Wish You Would"
6. "How You Get The Girl"
7. "I Know Places"
8. "All You Had To Do Was Stay"
9. "You Belong With Me" (She originally was going to sing "You Are In Love", but changed her mind on the spot)
10. "Clean"
11. "Love Story"
12. "Style"
13. "This Love"
14. "Bad Blood"
15. "We Are Never Getting Back Together"
16. "'Enchanted'/'Wildest Dreams'"
17. "Out Of The Woods"
18. "Shake It Off"

I cannot complain about her song choices, she basically covered the whole 1989 album, except for "Wonderland", which I was looking forward to! Such a powerful song!

Her stage setup was typical of what you'd see at a summer stadium concert. The one cool thing that I didn't see coming was that the catwalk runway was completely functional and could detach from the stage, rise up in the air, and turn in a full-360 degree circle, making Taylor EVERYWHERE and close to the fans! Such a great touch.

Here are some of my high moments from the concert:
-The catwalk runway was awesome. Top of my list.
-Getting compliments on my t-shirt.
-Taylor's costumes were on point. From a emerald shimmying crop top for "Shake It Off" to her iconic catsuit for "Bad Blood", she looked great. My personal favorite was her light up pink crop top and flare skirt for "How You Get The Girl."
-Seeing Taylor sweat on the jumbo-tron. I know that sounds gross, but it's pretty amazing for a pop diva to sweat it out in one of the most humid cities in the nation, all for her fans! Goes to show her dedication and gratefulness that she has for her Swifties and craft.
-The LED wristbands. I cannot describe it in words. Just AMAZING! Check out my videos and you'll probably get a glimpse of the stadium lighting up.
-The awesome paper airplanes that flew across the stadium during "Out Of The Woods."
-THE FIREWORKS DURING THE "SHAKE IT OFF" FINALE!!!!! AMAZING!
-Another high moment: I. FREAKIN. SAW. TAYLOR. SWIFT!!!!!!

Low moments from the concert:
-This will be brief, because there really weren't any low moments. Except.......this past week had been filled with news about Taylor bringing out special guests on stage to perform or make an appearance. For example, so far she's had Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Little Big Town, The Weeknd, and the cast of
the "Bad Blood" video show their faces and perform. Monday night was Taylor's first show in D.C., and she set the expectations high for the second night when she pulled her best friend Lorde out onto the stage to perform a duet version of "Royals." I was PUMPED for last night's special guest, and was trying to figure out who it'd be. I was secretly hoping that Lorde would show up again, but also hoping that Taylor would top herself with an even better guest (...praying for the longshot Beyonce.....a boy can dream). Then the time came. My heart was beating so hard when Taylor started talking about needing a special guest to help her get through all this heat. I was FREAKING OUT! It is an underwhelming understatement to say that I was disappointed when Jason Derulo popped up on stage to sing "Want To Want Me." I felt a bit shafted. That was my LOWEST moment of the show for me and many others, I'm sure.
-Also, a girl barfed during Taylor's first song. She was completely wasted and was escorted out of the stadium. Not. Cool.

So, in the end, the 1989 World Tour was amazingly breathtaking. I had such a great time singing along to Taylor and jamming out with friends. Great memories were made last night. Memories that will last for a lifetime!

Here are a couple of videos from the concert. You can view all of them on my YouTube channel! Thanks for stopping by and letting me share this experience with you!




51 comments

  1. I'm new to your blog and now a new follower! What a great, thorough post- I'm completely jealous. Since this was my first post, I'm very curious as to who mrs collier is. I agree with your conspiracy theory and share your love of Taylor. What do you think about the whole apple dispute?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lindsay! I hope you come back once in a while :) Also, I truly believe that apps were blocked somehow, that's the only explanation! I don't see the big deal about Taylor putting her music out on these streaming outlets, but then again, I'm not an artist... AND Mrs. Collier is my good friend and fellow blogger! Check her out, she's awesome! http://www.brontedesignsblog.com

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  2. We have tickets for Sydney in November, even more excited now I've read your post.

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    1. OMG!!! You are going to have a BLAST!!!!!!!! I'm jealous because I want to see her again! Enjoy the show :)

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  3. What a great post to sum up such an amazing night!!!!!!! I think we just started our first tradition together!! #taylorforever #swiftiesforlife

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    1. #NewTradish #LoveTay #HoorayForTay Thanks for making the night even more awesome!

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  4. Glad you had such a good time! That sucks about the service. I wouldn't put it past her to have a signal blocker, either. I saw a video of the synchronize bracelets on my facebook feed and thought that was a brilliant idea!

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    1. Thanks Alanna! Yes, I definitely feel that there was a blocker in play. Very strange. And the lights were amazing!!!

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  5. Wow. I never really thought I had much of a desire to see Taylor live but now I think I need to make it happen!

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    1. Miranda! Go do it!!! You won't regret it!

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  6. Sounds like you had an amazing time at the concert, with the exception of Jason Derulo and the barfing girl (yuck and yuck.) I want one of those 5 ft. Margaritas! Thanks for such a great review of the show.

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    1. Thanks Shann! Come to D.C. and get one! So delicious :D

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  7. Ahhh! It sounds like it was an amazing concert! Love love LOVE your recap! And boo to the drunk lady. At least she got escorted out! Now I will pop in my Taylor CD and sing along for hours. haha.

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    1. I felt so bad for her friend (who was completely sober), because she had to leave too! And at the beginning of the concert! What a waste of money and fun :/

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  8. Dayne, I'm practically crying. I love Taylor Swift. I AM SO GLAD YOU INCLUDED HER SET IN THIS BLOG POST. I've always wondered IF I ever get to attend a concert, what she would sing. I'll admit I'm a little disappointed she didn't include some of her class old country hits, but I guess this is the 1989 tour, so what can one expect?

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    1. Chelsea, though there weren't many classics, still a great show! Wipe those tears missy!

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  9. Best review, ever! I think I fall a little more in love with Taylor every day. I am loving the fact that your LED bands lit up to the music. That’s a fabulous idea!! Heading over to watch the videos now. Oh and by the way, I’m totally jealous of you right now.

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    1. The bands are awesome! Even now, if you shake them, they light up!!! So cool!

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  10. I love Taylor! She's so sweet, and it's great to hear about your experience seeing her perform! I want to go!

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    1. Get your tickets Angie! This is a show you should NOT miss out on!

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  11. I am so full of the jellies right now!! Looks like you had so much fun! Thank you for sharing this. I love Taylor Shift and 1989 is the bomb!

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  12. Oh my god! You are so lucky, I love her so much!! But unfortunately never got tickets! Thanks for the recap :D

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  13. Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. OMG! How freakin' awesome! I'm just a little jealous. It looks like it was an amazing concert!!

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  15. Love your glow band!!!! SO much fun!

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    1. And it's still glowing if you shake it! :D

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  16. Hey glad you had such a great time at the concert, it sounds amazing!

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  17. Sounds like such a fun concert!! The service ALWAYS sucks at concert and ive learned over the years its because so many people are in one spot so it's sucking up all the bandwith.. esp these days when most people are ATT & Verizon. Glad you had a blast though :)

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    1. Yea...I learned the hard way Jessica :/

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  18. Sounds like an awesome concert besides reception problems. I am glad you had a great time. :)

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    1. Thank you Jazmine! I did have a great time! :D

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  19. Lol I love this. You did such a good job with giving us a glimpse and recap of her concert. It looks like you had a blast!!!

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  20. Great recap Dayne. My girls love TS. But I have to wait till they get into the tweens. I imagine that they did restrict wifi service so nothing will be streamed. But I am glad that you had a great time! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yea, I'd say the earliest age to take them is probably 11 or 12.

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  21. Wow it seemed like you had an amazing night. I Love the heartbreak anthem image. Nice post thanks for sharing

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  22. Glad you had an awesome time, but honestly how could you not? It was Taylor swift ;-) but I have always wondered that myself about concerts and cell service! I have had similar things happen to me before with my phone and it totally sucked!

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  23. OMG you put me sitting right next to you! You gave this person with a vivid imagination very easy to see how your experience was. Glad you had an amazing time! About the cell service, I think that is at like every big establishment too. Because as soon as you walk out or like you said the event started things changed lol.

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  24. Ive heard her concerts are unreal! Looks like you had a blast! And thank you because now I have Bad Blood stuck in my head. .im not complaining I love that song!

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  25. OMG I'm so jealous! I want to go to one of her concerts so badly!!!

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  26. So jealous! It looks like so much fun!

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  27. okay I am INCREDIBLY jealous. I've been dying to go to one of her shows, but it's looking like I won't get around to it! I split my time between Washington D.C. Area and Massachusetts and go figure while I'm home in MA this week she's in DC and when I'm in DC next week, she's in MA! I'll just have to live vicariously through my friends who are able to go. :)

    Also, hey-o for Washington DC! My fiancé lives north of the city and I am moving down there soon, absolutely love it! :) great post! :)

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  28. Those strobe bracelets look amazing! She'll only be in Tampa for Halloween and I couldn't plan that far in advance so I won't get to see her this time.

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  29. I was at the same show. We also lost our data services on Verizon and they were working fine before the show. Voice was working OK during show. I haven't seen many complaints about it so maybe it was just the Nationals stadium? Although many have told me that their data works fine in the stadium during baseball games...

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