TAYLOR SWIFT TO BRING THE RED TOUR TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
SWIFT BECOMES FIRST SOLO FEMALE ARTIST IN 20 YEARS TO HEADLINE STADIUMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA
The Frontier Touring Company are delighted to announce that 7-time GRAMMY winner and international superstar Taylor Swift is heading down under with her blockbuster THE RED TOUR. The talented singer songwriter today confirmed she will be performing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as an arena date in Auckland, later this year as the first overseas leg of her acclaimed THE RED TOUR.
Notably, Taylor Swift will be the first solo female in twenty years to undertake a national stadium tour of Australia, with the last being Madonna’s Girlie Show tour in 1993, also promoted by Frontier Touring.
Promoter Michael Gudinski from The Frontier Touring Company said, “I saw the first stadium show of Taylor’s THE RED TOUR and Australia and New Zealand are in for an absolute treat. Taylor Swift is a superstar globally and has repeatedly sold out multiple arenas in both Australia and New Zealand. She has proven herself to be one of the most significant female artists of our time and it is a natural progression to see her take her touring to the next level here, with the confirmation that she will play four massive stadium shows across Australia this summer. It’s been 20 years since Madonna played stadiums for Frontier and I can honestly think of only a tiny handful of solo artists – male or female – who could fill stadium venues today.”
Taylor Swift, currently headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas in North America on her THE RED TOUR, made today’s announcement in response to strong fan demand. Australia and New Zealand are the first international markets outside of the USA to be announced for THE RED TOUR.
The 7-time GRAMMY winner’s THE RED TOUR performance features two multi-level stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. In a concert event that provides non-stop action and state of the art technology, Taylor constantly moves around the venue and uses different stages, giving every audience member a great seat. Taylor plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changes costumes 10 times over the course of the evening. Her set features several songs from her record-breaking RED album, as well as new takes on several other fan favourites.
Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR is earning universally high praise from top critics:
Rolling Stone -- “Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach. Red [is] the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. Seeing Taylor onstage now is seeing....total commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. A true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.”
The New York Times -- “A king-size spectacle, [whose] juxtapositions have power, one theatrical scene after the next. Taylor Swift off-script is very much like Taylor Swift on-script: not just the brains of the operation, but the brawn, too, the unflappable force that ensures stuck landings. Ms. Swift’s voice is stronger than it’s ever been, and also sturdier….she sang vividly from behind a piano, show[ing] credible dark emotion.”
The Village Voice -- “Taylor Swift was born to entertain. Swift remains genuine….which speaks further to her endless appealing nature as a performer.”
The Miami Herald – “Genuinely powerful. Swift seems to have made an astute transition to her new identity of self-determined young woman. Swift came across as sincere and open in a way that made her the modest but adored mistress of a girl-power mega church.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution – “She’s supremely gifted…..For two hours T-Swizzle thoroughly charmed, entertained, and connected with the audience.”
Orlando Sentinel -- “Visually and musically, this was Swift’s most accomplished production yet.”
The North American portion of THE RED TOUR is currently playing 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013.
Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure, and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe.
Tickets to see Taylor Swift in Australia and New Zealand are priced from $85. A very limited number of premium Pit tickets will be sold for each show, which will allow fans 16 years and over access to an exclusive standing area surrounded by Taylor’s stage. The remainder of each venue will be fully reserved seating throughout.
Queensland Sport and Recreation Minister Steve Dickson said Taylor Swift would be the first female artist to headline a gig at Suncorp Stadium.
“Suncorp Stadium is normally the domain of our sports teams and footy fans but, Taylor Swift is likely to introduce a whole new generation of Queenslanders to Suncorp Stadium,” Mr Dickson said.
“Major sporting and entertainment events have a vital role in contributing to the LNP Government’s goal of achieving a $30 billion visitor expenditure in Queensland by 2020,” Mr Dickson said.
Mr Dickson said the standard 10.30pm curfew and noise control measures for previous events would also apply for the Taylor Swift concert and as usual, ticketholders could access free public transport to and from Suncorp Stadium.
“So I’d encourage everyone who is attending to take advantage of free public transport on the night, keeping local roads clear as much as possible,” he said.
Pre-sale tickets will be available via frontiertouring.com/taylorswift from Tuesday 14 May to Wednesday 15 May (or prior if the pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Start times are staggered for each city so please refer to the website for local details. General public on sale Tuesday 21 May – please check dates below for local start times.
THE RED TOUR
General Public On-sale Tuesday 21 May
Pre-sale via frontiertouring.com/taylorswift commences Tuesday 14 May
– see website for more details
Friday 29 November - Auckland Vector Arena
Ticketmaster 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am NZ local
Wednesday 4 December - Sydney Allianz Stadium
Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au
Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am NSW local
Saturday 7 December - Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au
Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 10am QLD local
Wednesday 11 December - Perth NIB Stadium
Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am WA local
Saturday 14 December - Melbourne Etihad Stadium
Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 May 9am VIC local
Click here to view the seating plan.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
TRAVEL FREE TO THE MATCH
Present your game day ticket to receive free travel to and from the Stadium on Brisbane Transport bus and Queensland Rail services. This free travel offer applies from mid-day to the last scheduled service on game day.
TRANSLINK BUS SERVICES (Brisbane Transport only)
Patrons can catch regular timetabled services. In addition, special bus services from the City, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains / Mt Gravatt (Garden City), Chermside and The Gap run direct to the Stadium at regular intervals for two hours before kick-off. At the end of the game for a one hour period, high frequency bus services will operate.
QUEENSLAND RAIL SERVICES
Milton and Roma Street are the closest stations for patrons travelling to and from the Stadium. Regular timetabled services and any additional services run to and from both stations.
On game days, parking restrictions apply in the local area surrounding the Stadium. Fifteen minute parking limits apply in most restricted areas unless otherwise signed. On the spot fines will be issued to offending motorists. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
MAJOR ROAD CLOSURES
Major road closures will apply from the end of the game for one hour. To ensure pedestrian safety, Caxton Street between Petrie Terrace and Hale Street may need to be closed for a one hour period immediately prior to start time.