Taylor Swift UK tour 2018: setlist, support acts and a look at her new album
Look what you made her do! Taylor Swift's UK tour was in such high demand, the singer has gone ahead and confirmed fresh concerts to meet demand.
Yep. This summer you'll have the chance to see the star up close and personal when Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' tour hits London, Manchester and Dublin in June.
Here’s everything we know about the Taylor Swift’ UK tour 2018, as well as her new album ‘Reputation’.
Taylor Swift UK tour dates and venues
The 'Ready For It...?' singer is set to promote her new album ‘Reputation’ with a world tour - which now includes UK and Ireland dates:
- Manchester (Etihad Stadium) June 8
- Manchester (Etihad Stadium) June 9
- Dublin (Croke Park) June 15
- Dublin (Croke Park) June 16
- London (Wembley Stadium), June 22
- London (Wembley Stadium), June 23
And now there's a tour trailer! Taylor dropped the promo to celebrate her 28th birthday on December 13, which features footage from her 2017 Super Bowl performance.
The last Taylor Swift UK tour was as part of her ‘1989 World Tour’ in 2015, but she gave fans a taste of what's to come in 2018 with an unexpected headline slot at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball in early December 2017.
Taylor Swift UK tour support acts and what to expect from the concerts
Taylor Swift has announced Camila Cabello and Charli XCX will be joining her as the opening acts on her tour - including the UK dates.
Camila Cabello will be embarking on her first UK tour around the same time in 2018...
...while British singer Charli XCX is a veteran supporting artist, having opened for Sia, Katy Perry and Coldplay.
Taylor released a second trailer for the Reputation tour, this time with footage from her US concerts.
The short promo gives fans this side of the Atlantic an idea of what the Taylor Swift UK tour will look like when the star lands in June 2018.
UPDATE (SPOILERS): Now reviewers of Taylor's US concerts have revealed exactly what we can expect from the singer's UK live shows.
Snakes are apparently a huge theme of the 2018 concerts, with giant cobra props rising on the THREE stages Taylor performs on throughout her set.
According to Chicago Tribune, Taylor explained the meaning behind the snakes to the crowd, saying, "Someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media.
"And I went through some really low times for a while because of it. I went through some times when I didn't know if I was gonna get to do this anymore.
"And I guess with the snakes, I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name-calling to bully you on social media, and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn't have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead."
After when the show is over, a blooper reel from Taylor's tour rehearsals plays while the audience file out of the venue.
Taylor Swift's setlist 2018
After her first concert at the University of Phoenix Stadium, we now have an idea of what Taylor Swift songs we can expect at the live shows in the UK.
While it's not 100% certain Taylor will perform the same songs in the UK, here's the setlist from the opening night of Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour:
- ...Ready For It?
- I Did Something Bad
- Love Story
- You Belong With Me
- Look What You Made Me Do
- End Game
- King of My Heart
- Shake It Off
- Dancing With Our Hands Tied
- All Too Well
- Blank Space
- Bad Blood
- Should've Said No
- Don't Blame Me
- Long Live
- New Year's Day
- Getaway Car
- Call It What You Want
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
- This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Taylor's choice to include the song 'All Too Well' from the album 'Red' in the setlist was due to the number of requests from Swifties via social media and personal fan letters.
The setlist includes 14 out of the 15 tracks from Taylor's latest album 'Reputation', which the tour is promoting.
On opening night, Taylor brought out support acts Camila Cabello and Charli XCX for 'Shake It Off'.
Taylor Swift new album ‘Reputation’ - the lowdown
The ‘Shake It Off’ singer announced her new album in August 2017 after posting cryptic video clips of a coiled snake on her social media accounts (she deleted all her previous posts as well).
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 23, 2017
The new album was released on November 10 and debuted at number one in the US and UK, as well as in several other countries.
The first single from the album ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ broke several records on its way to number one in both the UK and US.
The video for the track - which is thought to be a veiled attack on music rival Kanye West with its reference to the “tilted stage” he once performed on - opens with the zombified pop star crawling out of her own grave. Later, she is served tea by a snake and crashes a sports car in slow motion.
At the end of the video, Taylor argues with different versions of herself.
After the first single, Taylor went on to release ‘...Ready For It?' initially as a promotional track for those who pre-ordered the album. Fans have suggested the song could be about one of her exes Tom Hiddleston or Harry Styles - or perhaps current boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
Fans went nuts when Taylor teased the official video for the track in which she appeared to perform with no clothes on.
The full video dropped on October 26 and revealed the singer actually stars as a cyborg in the Blade Runner-style promo.
On September 20, Taylor released promotional single 'Gorgeous'. Very different in style to 'Look What You Made Me Do', the track is thought to be an ode to the star's current boyfriend Joe Alwyn.
Along with the single, Taylor released an official lyric video.
On top of 'End Game' (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) and 'New Year's Day', 'Call It What You Want' became the final promotional single for the record.
Taylor later released the video for 'End Game' featuring Ed Sheeran and Future. The track opens with Taylor on a boat before hanging out with Sheeran and Future in Miami, Tokyo and London.
Taylor Swift's next official video was for 'Delicate'.
In the video, the star ponders the pitfalls of fame before suddenly being able let loose when she realises no one can see her.
Before the album launched, many were expecting a single called ‘Timeless’ to be revealed after the singer was said to have registered the track and a mysterious web page dedicated to it appeared online.
However, as the song doesn't feature in the track list of the album, this may be some other kind of Taylor Swift project.
The full track list for 'Reputation' is...
1. '…Ready For It?'
2. 'End Game' (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future)
3. 'I Did Something Bad'
4. 'Dont Blame Me'
6. 'Look What You Made Me Do'
7. 'So It Goes…'
9. 'Getaway Car'
10. 'King of My Heart'
11. 'Dancing With Our Hands Tied'
13. 'This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things'
14. 'Call It What You Want'
15. 'New Year’s Day'
Prior to the new album's release, Taylor invited several fans to her home to listen to it. The singer regularly holds secret listening sessions for fans - and their reactions are wild...
GUYS IT HAPPENED. I GOT INVITED TO A REPUTATION SECRET SESSION! I can’t even believe it. Like what? How? It was the best night ever
— Nina MET TAYLOR! ? (@nbuzz) 19 October 2017
— Ashley (@AshSilv13) 19 October 2017
I MET HER. SHE INVITED ME TO HER HOUSE AND KNEW MY NAME
— HEY TAYLOR (@gingerswift13) 19 October 2017
As well as working on her own new album, Taylor recently collaborated with Little Big Town on the track ‘Better Man’...
...and former One Direction star Zayn Malik on ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ which featured on the soundtrack to ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. The song won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration.
Stay tuned to LineUp for more news on Taylor Swift’s UK tour.