The start of an era

and a look back on all the others


Makanda Rolfe, Staff Writer - The Mustang Messenger

On Tuesday, November first, Taylor Swift surprised her fans for a second time. While we were all already in shock and entranced in the listening parties to her new album “Midnights,” Swift revealed, as most do when they drop a new album, that she will be going on tour. Unlike most tours which are based around purely on a new album or the artist’s debut, the eras tour has been documented to be set as a celebration and look back on all of our favorite eras of Swift and her music. This tour will start on March 18th, 2023, and will continue on until August 5th. In the true spirit of celebrating her eras, this tour will start in Glendale, Arizona, the same place where she started her “Reputation” tour in 2018.

Fans already have overwhelmingly positive feelings about this tour. Swift’s line to register for pre-sale tickets has already been documented as having hour-long waits, and that’s only the wait to register so you can buy your pre-sale tickets. The actual process of buying the tickets can be sped up if you happen to be one of the lucky people to have bought tickets for her previously scheduled tour in 2019 leading into 2020, “Loverfest.” Loverfest ticket owners who use the same TicketMaster account that they had used for the previous tour will get to skip the pre-sale registration wait and buy their tickets faster when logging into Capital One. Swift has already let us know the price of her tickets. The general tickets can cost anywhere from $49  to $449 depending on what section you are buying for. Swift has also announced a VIP package that will range anywhere from $199 to $899. While we aren’t sure what exactly the VIP packs will include, it will most definitely be beneficial to upgrade.

The picture used to announce this tour is a picture of a modern-day Taylor looking ahead as if looking to the future while she stands in front of 9 different pictures from different eras, all covered in a vintage-like photo effect and portrayed by darker pastels. The albums we are currently aware have chances of being included in this tour are “Folklore,” “Lover,” “Evermore,” “Reputation,” parts of “Red” and “Fearless,” as well as her most recently debuted album “Midnights.”

Swift has put extreme detail into this tour we can see almost the most prominently in her concert openers for each night. Throughout the tour, there will be a total of 9 openers including Paramore, Beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl in Red, MUNA, HAIM, GAYLE, Gracie Abramms, and OWENN. It’s believed that each opener is meant to represent a different era, based on their style, genre, and tone of the music.

Not only are the media buzzing over this announcement, but our students in McCracken County high school are also just as excited, maybe even more. “My sister’s getting tickets,” Junior Ella Overton, stated when confronted about the Era’s Tour. Haley Caronongan also expressed her excitement when she discovered that the tour was happening “Oh my god I’m so excited, I am so excited for the eras tour” she exclaimed. As well as the students, even our teachers are excited about this. McCracken’s teachers, Mrs. Alexia Brinly, and Mrs. Rottman have already bought themselves tickets for this tour. They used their Loverfest tickets to their advantage and are looking forward to seeing how this tour plays out. 

In conclusion, if you’re one of the many Swift fans yet to get your tickets or if you’re unsure whether you’ll enjoy it, you should sign up to buy those tickets swiftly. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone, whether you’re a die-hard “Swiftie” or just a passerby forced to go by the person accompanying you, Taylor will have something in store for you to love.