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American Taylor Swift fans are heading to Europe after being priced out of Eras Tour tickets in the US

Many dedicated Taylor Swift fans who either couldn’t attend her U.S. concerts last year or were hesitant to spend a fortune on tickets found a creative workaround: they chose to travel to Europe to see her perform.

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The renowned pop artist is set to inaugurate the 18-city European segment of her groundbreaking Eras Tour in Paris this Thursday (9 May), with numerous fans, affectionately known as Swifties, expected to voyage across the Atlantic in the subsequent weeks to see her perform. The venue hosting Swift’s performances disclosed that Americans have purchased 20 percent of the tickets for her four fully booked events. Following Paris, the tour will head to Stockholm, where approximately 10,000 U.S. fans are anticipated to attend the concert.

Attending a concert may seem like an unusual motivation for visiting another country, especially when the Er Tour can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s home through the documentary available on Disney+. However, Expedia, an online travel agency, has identified traveling across continents to attend concerts, a trend they have named “tour tourism,” as becoming increasingly popular, particularly evident during Beyoncé’s Renaissance world tour.

Several North American admirers planning to travel internationally for the Eras Tour expressed that the stricter limitations on ticket prices and resales in Europe rendered the costs of attending a Swift concert abroad as affordable, if not cheaper, than seeing her perform in their own country.

Melanie Fish, representing Expedia as their spokesperson and travel expert, shared that people often contemplate their spending decisions. She explained, “People pause to consider whether they should invest $1,500 to attend a concert by their favorite artist in Miami. Alternatively, they realize that the same amount could cover the cost of a concert ticket, a return flight, and a three-night hotel stay.”

Jennifer Warren, a 43-year-old residing in St. Catharines, within Ontario’s Niagara region, shared her ordeal with her 11-year-old son. They are avid fans of Swift but could not find tickets in the US at a price Jennifer deemed reasonable. Unfazed, Jennifer, together with her husband, chose to incorporate their quest for tickets into a European trip. Ultimately, they secured seats in Hamburg, Germany.

“Stepping out allows you to explore the world while enjoying your favorite artists or performers live—there are multiple benefits,” commented Warren, who serves as the director of research and innovation at a mutual insurance firm.

She managed to get three VIP tickets near the stage through sheer, what she termed, “brute-force dumb luck,” for which each cost 600 euros ($646). Soon after, Swift unveiled six November performances in Toronto, a drivable distance from Warren’s residence. Warren mentioned that the most distant seats in the venue are being sold on secondary markets like Viagogo for as much as 3,000 Canadian dollars ($2,194).

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Taylor Swift concert in Paris?

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour begins its European leg on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at La Défense Arena in Paris, France. Fans gather outside of La Défense Arena in Paris, France, where Taylor Swift will kick off the European leg of her Eras Tour on Thursday, May 9, 2024.

Is Taylor Swift in France?

Taylor Swift will perform in Paris La Défense Arena on May 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2024, as part of The Eras Tour! Plan your visit: Here are some tips to help you prepare for these concerts, as well as critical timings. Caution: Be wary of bogus ticket sales.

Is Travis Kelce in Paris with Taylor?

Swift will perform concerts in 18 European countries, beginning with Paris, and Kelce has said that he would go over the pond to meet his girlfriend.

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