Last Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing American songstress Taylor Swift for the second time live at London’s O2 Arena. As soon as my best friend and I arrived to celebrate her 22nd birthday, we knew that this would be an amazing show. It was a show that we had been waiting to see for over a year after Swift’s hugely successful fourth studio album ‘RED’ had been released in late 2012.
The 15,000 seat venue was filled to the brim with people of all ages. The majority of this massive audience was of course girls. Swift is known for her ‘heart on her sleeve’ persona, revealing true incidents from her life through her songwriting. Many female fans describe Taylor as a modern artist who writes songs which reflect their lives; so it is no wonder that the arena was packed full of girl power.
As soon as Taylor Swift emerged from behind an enormous red curtain, after singing opening track ‘State of Grace’, she explained the concept of the tour. ‘RED’, a themed album, portrays all of the different human emotions associated with the colour; love, jealousy, pain, sadness and anger to name a few. Swift tells an excited crowd that “you may see more of one particular colour tonight” and then goes into playing her next song. Throughout the show you can see so much admiration for the 24 year old. Little girls look up to her as an inspiration and women in their early 20’s appreciate her for the life and love lessons, talking about things that everyone has been through. There was never a time when no one was screaming, or singing along passionately. The concert was full of so much energy and emotion from the pop star; ranging from bellowing out her smash hit single “I Knew You Were Trouble” which relied heavily on dubstep and flashing lights, to her just sitting at a piano singing the heart wrenching “All Too Well”; a song that remembers a past love from the great start, “all the way to the bitter end”. There is no denying that this is already one of the most exciting tours the O2 arena has seen in 2014, with 5 nights sold out. Taylor Swift is definitely on top of the world right now.
Written by Aimee Carney