This past weekend, Taylor Swift became the first woman (and “certainly not the last” she said to a screaming crowd) to headline Allegiant Stadium, in Las Vegas and she made the honor an incredibly memorable night.
The show kicked off with two fantastic openers. First up was Gayle, who you certainly know from her viral TikTok hit ABCDEFU. She took the stage and just owned it. From the time she took the stage, this was a Gayle show. Her vocals were incredible and she was a rock star. The crowd appropriately went crazy when she started the song she is most known for but her entire set was fantastic.
Next up, Beabadoobee, took the stage and I have to say I was adding her songs to my library before she was off the stage. It was her tour debut and she killed it. She is such an interesting mix of ethereal folk and crunchy rock that I was captivated. I’m already planning to see her again later this year.
Finally, after two stellar opening acts that set the crowd on fire, we’re treated to a countdown clock (which sent the crowd into fever pitch) and the (absolutely perfect) Leslie Gore classic anthem “You Don’t Own Me” explodes over the speaker system and as the clock counts down, the crowd gets more and more amped. The anticipation had the crowd ready to boil over. Certainly, the last few years building up to a crescendo, and when that clock reached zero and the Eras Tour officially started, well, it’s special to say the absolute least and what followed was truly a spectacle and one of the best shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Breaking the show into the various eras of her career so far, Taylor covers it all in a 44 song marathon extravaganza blowing past 3 hours and she is on every single second. This is an artist who knows her audience, knows her songs, and knows how to give us everything we want. Is it possible to cover every single song? Of course not, but she gives us enough that you can’t leave feeling like you didn’t get the best show you’ve ever seen.
The setlist is pretty similar across the board save for her surprise acoustic songs. This night she went to Taylor Swift with Our Song and to Midnights with Snow On The Beach, which she proceeded with some high praise for Lana Del Rey, who featured on the album track with her.
From the stage craft, to the killer dancers, to the set list, this show is a monster. It’s full of references to her entire career and more than enough to fuel any SwiftTok theories out there. The visuals are stunning, the looks are flawless, and the pure energy and dedication of Taylor is magic to behold. The fact that she is out there night after night, show after show, with this massive performance is absolutely insane.
One of my favorite moments of the evening, Champagne Problems not withstanding, is my favorite song from Speak Now, and the only song from that era she graces us with: Enchanted. It’s a song I adore and she gave it such a great moment.
To be honest, for me the entire night was just pure magic. I loved every second of it. I was definitely hitting the emotion train from start to finish.
For all the ticket drama, and the years of waiting, The Eras Tour delivers in every possible way. It shows Taylor Swift at her absolute best, features a massive setlist of wonderful songs, and gives us gorgeous, fun, and exciting visuals to go right along with them.
It’s a truly spectacular night guaranteed to turn even a staunch anti-swifty into a die hard fan and send any long time Swifty into a delirium of joy.
If you can get to this show, get to this show. It really is a can’t miss and the sheer artistry on display at every level of this show is just awe-inspiring.
In the meantime, check out the setlist below!
Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince
You Need to Calm Down
You Belong With Me
’tis the damn season
…Ready for It?
Don’t Blame Me
Look What You Made Me Do
Red – Intro
(Contains elements of “State… more )
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
I Knew You Were Trouble
All Too Well (10 Minute Version)
the last great american dynasty
my tears ricochet
Shake It Off
Snow On The Beach
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.