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Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour film provides another avenue for Swift’s fans

Swift announces the arrival of the film.

Awarding-winning and widely adored artist Taylor Swift has stunned audiences with her ongoing tour: The Eras Tour. Her performance is over three hours long and is composed of music from her entire career. Unfortunately, sites like TicketMaster have not made the process of purchasing tickets easy for fans. With this in mind Swift released a film called Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, which was recorded during her Los Angeles shows and came to theaters on October 13. The film provides an easily accessible and affordable opportunity for fans to witness The Eras Tour, so how much are tour tickets actually worth?

The excitement surrounding The Eras Tour is derived from the five year break Swift had to take from performing due to pandemic. Eager fans from all over the globe have been fiercely battling for tickets. There are reports of many codes that failed to work on TicketMaster and some were kicked out of the site after waiting in queues for hours on end. Those fortunate enough to navigate and secure tickets surrendered to the abundance of fees embedded on TicketMaster.

The idea of simply purchasing tickets to a movie is seemingly more convenient. In fact, many fans still dress for the occasion, sing, dance, and even trade friendship bracelets in the theaters, just as they would at Swift’s sold-out tour dates. Still, there are some key differences between the two events. Swift cut some of her beloved songs from the film in order to minimize the duration of the film. These included “The Archer”, “no body, no crime” (featuring HAIM), “Long Live”, “Wildest Dreams”, and “cardigan” along with other songs that were not performed in Los Angeles. The popular tour openers were also not featured in the film.

It is undeniable that attending a physical concert is an experience that cannot be replicated easily. Effects such as fire, fireworks, and confetti are impossible to portray in a 2D film. Movie theaters have a much calmer demeanor which does not resemble the exhilaration of being in the audience of a sold-out show. On the other hand, having one seat in a large stadium only gives you a singular view point whereas the film displays many close up angles of the show.

For an opening weekend, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour film is currently the highest grossing concert film domestically, according to CNN. The production of this film was an insightful decision made in order to reach more of Swift’s fan base. With a second leg returning to North America in 2024, Swift aims for more fans to experience the live performance of The Eras Tour.

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Sydney Cain is a sophomore and an editor for the Devils' Advocate. This is her second year in journalism. She is a dedicated student athlete who enjoys playing for the HC volleyball team and traveling to new places.

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