This concert review originally appeared on Degenrefy.com written by Ash Starkweather
Thousands of fans gathered hours before doors opened to take part in what appeared to be a Taylor Swift carnival outside Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena. Most fans even dressed up as Taylor from her music videos, some carried their 1989 signs with pride, while others even dressed up as Meredith (Taylor’s cat). The line was long, but the fans kept each other company as they played Taylor Swift songs and sang along together.
Vance Joy [★★★] was lucky enough to open up the 1989 tour. He took to the stage with a smile and his acoustic guitar for a very soft and passionate set to win the crowd over. He didn’t spend a lot of time interacting with the crowd, but he sufficiently warmed the crowd up with “Riptide,” “Mess is Mine,” and his current single “Georgia.”
The crowd was on their feet, cheering with signs held high in the air when Taylor Swift [★★★★★] took the stage. She opened up with “Welcome to New York” from a stage that brought you right into the story. The crowd was immediately singing the lyrics right back at her as she went into “New Romantics” and strutted down the runaway. Taylor made sure to add a personal touch to most of the songs. She told the crowd the backstory of each song, what it was about, or the inspiration behind it. She said, “One of my favorite things is that how you open up and tell me about your problems. It’s hard to give advice when it comes to love. In a perfect world you would only have two options in a relationship: leave, or stay.”
Taylor took to the runway again as it extended up, and said “The one thing we have in common is that when we find life to be too much to cope with, we turn to music. That is why I’m here, that why you’re here. Everybody has their story; someone is always going through something. People lose their way, the love of their life, and even themselves. Whenever you are having one of those moments, I hope you look in the mirror and remind yourself of what you are and what you are not. You are not the opinion of someone who does not know you. You are not damaged goods, and you are not going nowhere just because you haven’t got there yet. You are someone who is wiser now because of your mistakes. You are someone who is brave enough to make mistakes, so you can be successful.”