Taylor Swift outside AAMI Park on her 1989 tour. Picture:Alex Coppel.

Tay’s Melbourne memories

TAYLOR Swift has reminisced about playing to 900 fans at her first Melbourne concert.

Swift played Billboard, now 170 Russell, in March 2009 when she was just 18.

The singer performed two shows on March 10 — one for under age fans, one for over 18s — playing to just over 1800 fans.

Her opening act was Australian country singer Morgan Evans, who has since become an international star.

Swift was promoting her crossover pop hit Love Story at the time and also performed at the Sydney leg of the Sound Relief gig.

When a fan posted pictures of the inside of Billboard next to an aerial view of Marvel Stadium, where Swift will play on Friday, the singer commented “You really just went IN on my emotions with this post didn’t you.”

Taylor Swift on stage in Perth last week. Picture: Ross Swanborough.

Taylor Swift on stage in Perth last week. Picture: Ross Swanborough.Source:Supplied

Taylor Swift reposts fan post. Pic: supplied

Taylor Swift reposts fan post. Pic: suppliedSource:Supplied

By February 2010 Swift had upgraded to playing to 24,000 fans at two Rod Laver Arena shows on her Fearless tour.

Swift sold out three Rod Laver Arena shows on her 2012 Speak Now tour, selling just under 34,000 tickets.

The singer upgraded again into stadium mode for the Red tour in December 2013, playing Etihad Stadium to 47,000 fans.

Swift’s 1989 world tour ended in Melbourne in December 2015 — she played to just over 98,000 fans over three sold out shows at AAMI Park. At the time promoters said Swift could have sold out three more shows at the venue if time permitted. Melbourne musician Vance Joy was her opening act worldwide.

Swift returns to Etihad, now renamed Marvel Stadium, this Friday for the Melbourne leg of her Reputation world tour with over 53,000 fans expected to attend, and some tickets still available.

Taylor Swift at the Sound Relief charity concert in Sydney in March 2009. Pic: supplied

Taylor Swift at the Sound Relief charity concert in Sydney in March 2009. Pic: suppliedSource:News Corp Australia

The Reputation world tour ends in Japan on November 21.

Meanwhile Swiftwatch has begun with the superstar having a week downtime between her Perth show last Friday, her Melbourne show this Friday and her Sydney show next Friday.

Her four-date Australian tour ends in Brisbane on November 6.

Fans thought a mystery plane landing in Hobart on Monday could have been Swift making taking a holiday around Tasmania.

Her tourmate Charli XCX is using her time down under to promote her new single 1999 (a duet with Troye Sivan) and will play a sold out show at the Toff in Town in Melbourne on Thursday.

Swift has been using her social media to promote American fans to register to vote — voting is not compulsory in the USA.

Taylor Swift outside AAMI Park on her 1989 tour. Picture:Alex Coppel.

Taylor Swift outside AAMI Park on her 1989 tour. Picture:Alex Coppel.Source:News Corp Australia

 

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