Day 175 – 365

Day 175 – 365 / June 24th 2015

We booked these tickets many moons back and I have been looking forward to seeing Taylor Swift in concert for some time.

An advance number of priority tickets was released to O2 members on the Tuesday and, after securing an online slot, I tried for hours and hours to get two tickets. Refreshing my browser and trying on the iPad, Mac and my laptop simultaneously. To no avail.

I was consigned to repeating the frustrating episode on the Friday when tickets went on general sale. I didn’t hold out much hope. And then, Liam said he had another priority code to try for the Thursday. Without much expectation of being successful, I asked Sarah to try from work at the same time as I tried at home. They were due to be released at 0900.

So, at 0850, I go to my Mac but do not follow the link to the priority release until bang on 0900. I’ve got an idea, right or wrong, that if you try to log on early you are penalised. Instead, I make sure I’m logged in and that my details ,including payment method are accurate.

And then, at precisely 0900, I’m in……I can see tickets are available…..I select the price range I agreed with Sarah……I choose two seats at the front without any one sat in front…..I hurriedly enter my payment details…..I click pay…..and wait nervously.

Now, as you have already seen today’s image, you know that I was at the show. So, any small sense of excitement, any “Will he or won’t he get tickets?” has gone. Here’s the interesting thing. By 0902 I had secured my two tickets. And by 0904 Sarah and called to say she too had got two tickets! We passed these additional two on to friends who didn’t get any.

As for the show itself. What can I say? It was FANTASTIC.

Well, I went to my first gig in 1985 (Springsteen at Roundhay Park, Leeds) and have been to many in the years since. A motley and diverse assortment of acts too. REM, Avril Lavigne, Leonard Cohen, Darius Rucker, Eric Church and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, all at different venues in Manchester; Queen, Status Quo, Belouis Some and Big Country at Knebworth Park; Billy Bragg on numerous occasions across the North of England; Magnum (twice), FM, Bon Jovi and The Proclaimers (twice) in Bradford; Otis Gibbs (twice); Jools Holland in Halifax; and top US country acts including Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Jason Aldean and the wonderful Luke Bryan all in London. I’ve been to many other also, many that I cannot recall.

And Taylor Swift was, without a doubt, the VERY BEST OF THEM. She puts on a fantastic show, full of great pyrotechnics and lighting, brilliant dancers and dancing, numerous costumes changes, great production values and sound. She is a dynamo on stage, full of energy, enthusiasm and life. Her songs are brilliant and she knows how to perform them to a crowd. Taylor is a performer unlike any I have ever seen; she appears to genuinely enjoy what she does for a living. She is amazingly talented, quite beautiful, friendly, smart as a scalpel, business savvy and so very down to earth. And what a role model to people, not only young girls – her main market – but to folk in general. Hard work plus talent plus endeavour plus a bright outlook will get you very,very far.

My advice if you get offered tickets to on of her shows? Decline and point the person with the tickets in my direction – I’ll happily have them.

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