Taylor Swift is set to become the first female act since Madonna to play stadium shows in Australia. The pop superstar will tour stadiums in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth this December, playing to around 180,000 Australian fans in just ten days. It is the biggest Australian tour by a solo female performer since Madonna’s 1993 visit.
Swift’s meteoric rise in popularity in Australia has seen her accelerate from club shows in 2009 playing to around 1000 people to stadium venues of up to 50,000 fans just four years later. ‘It’s a sign of the achievements of Taylor Swift and the loyal fanbase she’s built up that she will be the first woman to play stadiums nationally here since Madonna,’ promoter Michael Gudinski said yesterday.
Taylor: ‘That’s mindblowing and a real honour. One of my favorite things about the connection between myself and the fans on this tour is that it’s a very emotional one. They’re there because they’ve felt the same things I’m singing about at one point in their lives. They’re singing all the words. When you look out at a sea of people in a stadium and 60,000 people are singing back to you it’s an incredible connection.’