Taylor Swift fans banned from camping near concert venue

Taylor Swift fans banned from camping near concert venue
Taylor Swift fans banned from camping near concert venue

The city of Amsterdam has warned Taylor Swift fans that they risk fines if they spend the night near the stadium where the American megastar is due to perform from Thursday.

“You are not allowed to camp or spend the night in the public space near the Johan Cruijff ArenA,” where the concerts are to take place, local authorities in Amsterdam stressed in a statement released Monday evening, warning that fines would be imposed on offenders.

During the first European leg of this world tour, in Paris in May, fans set up camp outside the concert hall two days before the concert, hoping to get as close as possible to their idol.

Time magazine’s Person of the Year 2023 Taylor Swift is performing three sold-out concerts in the Dutch capital on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of her record-breaking world tour, which will stop in Zurich on July 9 and 10.

“Only come to the ArenA if you’re going to the concert,” said Mick Werkendam, the city’s crowd manager. “The roof of the ArenA is closed. So you won’t hear or see anything from Taylor Swift or the concert,” as you’re outside, Werkendam added.

The artist’s sixth tour, dubbed “The Eras Tour,” kicked off in March 2023 in the United States, before traveling across the Americas, Asia and Australia.

Late last year, it became the first in history to sell more than $1 billion worth of tickets, a figure that is expected to more than double by the time it ends in Canada in December.

This three-and-a-quarter-hour, millimetric show retraces the eleven albums (since “Taylor Swift” in 2006) that propelled her from rising star of American country to the biggest international pop star, with 110 million monthly listeners on Spotify (compared to 70 for Beyoncé or Dua Lipa).

The former “America’s Sweetheart”‘s popularity shows no signs of waning: her new album sold 1.4 million copies in its first day and broke all streaming records, reaching one billion streams on Spotify in five days.

This is despite mixed reviews, with British music magazine NME calling it a “rare misstep”.

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