Perhaps the most sweaty, thrilling, and passionate tour you’ll ever attend, courtesy of the one and only Taylor Swift
1. Do rock a crop top. This tour mostly consists of huge, outdoor stadiums filled with tens of thousands of people. You’re going to dance. You’re going to sing. And you're going to sweat. A lot. Plus, it's so 1989.
2. Don't wear face makeup. I was wiping streaky foundation from my cheeks by the third song.
3. Do wear decent shoes. Keds will do. I could feel my flat, $12 sandals in my lower back by the time Vance Joy's set ended. If you plan to stand for the entire show like I did, this is important.
4. Do stand for the entire show like I did.
5. Don't be afraid to dance à la Taylor. She’s the reason you’re there anyway, right? Little girls giving you judgmental looks during “I Know Places” be damned.*
6. Do buy your tickets from Ticketmaster and during the presale. (Sign up for her email list on taylorswift.com.) StubHub and other sellers will rob you.*
7. Don't hesitate to spend $4 on a bottle of water. You will not regret it. It's incredibly overpriced, but every sip will taste like the blood of Christ—if you're not a wine-drinker, maybe even better.
8. Do put tons of effort into making an outfit good enough to get you into Loft '89. Be proud of it and take pictures before you go.
9. Don't spend the whole time worrying about getting into Loft '89. I made this mistake during the Red Tour. Chances are, you aren't going to meet her after the show. Only a handful of people do. It's best to be truly present throughout the entire show, and you can't do that if you're scouring the crowd, looking for the person handing out backstage passes. Don’t miss out on what’s right in front of you.
10. Do scream ’cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream! during “Blank Space.” It doesn't matter if no one else in your section does. That line is so important. And you’ve had plenty of practice screaming it by yourself in your car on the way to work anyway.
11. Don't be afraid to be emotional. To tear up during the intro to “Clean,” to remember the first time you saw her live during the Fearless Tour, and to think about how much she’s grown.
12. Do take a good picture/video or two to help you remember the night.*
13. Don't spend the entire night taking pictures/videos/Snapchats of every song. You will leave feeling unsatisfied and empty. If you want to watch videos of her performing after the show, you can watch somebody else's on YouTube later. Unless you're a professional photographer and this is why you attend concerts, don't waste your money on a show you're going to watch through your screen.*
14. Do listen to the opening acts' albums before you go. It's so much more fun when you're already familiar with their songs.*
15. Do listen to Vance Joy even if you're not going to this tour. He's just great.*
16. Do scream “STAY!” in “All You Had To Do Was Stay” at the highest pitch you can possibly reach. (Sing “people like me are gone forever / when you say goodbye” at the same volume as well.)
17. Do sing, dance, scream, cry, move, jump, love. Soak it up. I can’t stress this enough—it's all so fleeting.*
18. Don't worry about what the people around you are thinking while you complete #17. Life is about a million times better when you don't care what other people think.*
19. Don't be more self conscious or reserved because it's an outdoor show and still light out. No one is looking at you as much as you think they are.
20. Don't go with people you're not comfortable with. If you can't sing in front of them, then what's the point?
21. Do stay for a few minutes after the last song to cheer as loud as you possibly can. This is your chance to show some gratitude. It's disrespectful to watch an entire show and then leave without giving a proper round of applause.*
22. Don't try to guess what the next song will be based on the spoilers you've read on Tumblr. Because you will be wrong. Every single time.
23. Do call your best friend during his favorite song. He will appreciate it.
24. "Don't you let it go."
*Denotes that this piece of advice applies to just about every concert.
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