It’s Swift’s only East Coast tour stop south of New York City and north of Atlanta, so fans have come from all over the region to see her, and in some cases, even further.
And they didn’t come unprepared. An essential piece of the Swift concert experience is going all-out on an outfit. For some people, they’re straight-up costumes.
Billy Penn went to South Philly on Friday afternoon to observe the glittery phenomenon, scoping out the seemingly unending line for merch, Xfinity Live’s pre-concert “Tay-Gate” event, and the hordes of Swifties lining up to get into the venue hours ahead of the show.
The predominantly female crowd was a sea of pretty much what you’d expect, if you’re at all familiar with Swift’s career or fanbase: sparkles, sequins, cowboy boots and hats, sundresses, bright colors, cutesy costumes riffing off song lyrics, music videos, or Swift’s own tour outfits, past and present.
Plus lots of friendship bracelets, which fans have been trading with each other at tour stops around the country, inspired by a lyric from Swift’s song “You’re On Your Own Kid.”
What does that look like? Here’s a sampling of some cute looks from Swift’s first night in Philly.
Asha Prihar is a general assignment reporter at Billy Penn. She has previously written for several daily newspapers across the Midwest, and she covered Pennsylvania state government and politics for The...
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