Lover Fest

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Lover Fest
Tour by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift Lover Fest East and West poster.jpg
Associated albumLover
Start dateJuly 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)
End dateAugust 1, 2021 (2021-08-01)
Taylor Swift concert chronology

Lover Fest is the planned sixth concert tour and first music festival tour[1] by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in support of her seventh studio album, Lover (2019). The tour was originally scheduled set to begin on April 5, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia, and conclude in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 1 of the same year. In April 2020, following growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, all festival dates were cancelled, while the stadium shows in Brazil and the United States were postponed to 2021.

Background and development[edit]

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on August 27, 2019, four days after the release of Lover, Swift explained that she was not yet sure of her plans for a tour in support of the album, and stated that she did not want her life to become a constant cycle of releasing an album and immediately touring after release.[2] Swift later hinted in an interview with Zane Lowe in October that family health obligations prevented her from organizing and embarking on a larger-scale tour.[3] The tour was announced through Swift's social media and website on September 17, 2019. Swift explained on social media that:

The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven't been and play festivals. Where we didn't have festivals, we made some.

Twelve dates were initially announced, with appearances at festivals and her own shows, with UK and additional international dates to be announced.[4][5]

The July 18, 2020, concert in São Paulo was set to be Swift's first official show ever in both Brazil and the continent of South America.[6][7] Tickets for the show went on sale on October 25, with more than 100,000 people reportedly queuing online to get tickets,[8] selling out in around 12 hours.[9] Due to overwhelming demand, a second show was added.[10] The tour was also set be her first visits to Denmark,[11] Poland,[12] and Portugal.[13] The show in Berlin was supposed mark her first show in the city in six years since The Red Tour and her first show in Germany in five years since The 1989 World Tour. It sold out seconds after officially going on sale.[14] On October 29, it was announced that Swift would be performing in Spain.[15] The festival shows in Belgium, Norway, France, and Spain would have marked her first performances in each country in nine years since the Speak Now World Tour.

In early December 2019, the singer announced that she would be headlining British Summer Time in London on July 11, 2020, becoming her second time headlining the festival with the first being five years prior, incorporated as part of The 1989 World Tour.[16] In mid-December, after much speculation, Swift was confirmed as the headliner for the Glastonbury Festival—one of the world's biggest music festivals—on its 50th anniversary in June 2020. She was set to become just the sixth solo female artist to headline in the festival's history.[17] However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival was cancelled.[18]

By mid-April, many of the festival organizers had cancelled events Swift was scheduled to participate in due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Swift then announced on April 17 she would not go forward with the tour until 2021, nor will she perform live in any venue for the remainder of 2020.[19] She later performed "Betty" from her eighth studio album, Folklore, live at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.[citation needed]

The impact to the 2021 tour of Folklore, released on July 24, 2020, is unknown at this time.

Records[edit]

Swift's performances at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California were planned to be the stadium's debut event, and she would have been first woman to open an NFL stadium.[20] She was set to become the only female artist to headline Glastonbury in 2020, and the sixth solo female to do so in the festival's fifty-year history, until the event was cancelled on March 18, 2020, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Shows[edit]

Postponed dates[edit]

List of postponed concerts
Date City Country Venue Reason Ref.
July 18, 2020 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque COVID-19 pandemic [21]
[22]
[19]
July 19, 2020
July 25, 2020[a] Inglewood United States SoFi Stadium [19]
July 26, 2020[a]
July 31, 2020[a] Foxborough Gillette Stadium [19]
August 1, 2020[a]

Cancelled dates[edit]

List of cancelled concerts
Date City Country Venue Reason Ref.
April 5, 2020[b] Atlanta United States Centennial Olympic Park COVID-19 pandemic [25]
June 20, 2020[c] Werchter Belgium Werchter Festivalpark [27]
June 24, 2020 Berlin Germany Waldbühne [19]
June 26, 2020[d] Oslo Norway Bjølsenfeltet
June 28, 2020[e] Pilton England Worthy Farm [18]
July 1, 2020[f] Roskilde Denmark Festivalpladsen [30]
July 3, 2020[g] Gdynia Poland Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport [19]
July 5, 2020[h] Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes [32]
July 8, 2020[i] Madrid Spain Valdebebas [19]
July 9, 2020[j] Lisbon Portugal Passeio Marítimo de Algés
July 11, 2020[k] London England Hyde Park [35]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d This concert is part of Swift's own festival, Lover Fest.[23][20]
  2. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Capitol One JamFest tying into the cancelled 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament's Final Four.[24]
  3. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Werchter Boutique.[26]
  4. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Oslo Sommertid.[28]
  5. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Glastonbury Festival.[29]
  6. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Roskilde Festival.[11]
  7. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Open'er Festival.[12]
  8. ^ This concert was part of Festival de Nîmes.[31]
  9. ^ This concert was part of the Mad Cool Festival.[33]
  10. ^ This concert was part of NOS Alive.[13]
  11. ^ This concert was part of British Summer Time.[34]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ "Update Werchter Boutique 2020". Werchter Boutique's Official Website. April 15, 2020. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
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  30. ^ "There Will Be No Roskilde Festival This Summer". Roskilde Festival's Official Website. April 6, 2020. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
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