After months of anticipation, Taylor Swift's 1989 world tour is finally underway. The summer-long event kicked off in Tokyo on Tuesday, and will move to North America in a few weeks' time. From there, Swift will take on cities ranging from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, before spending the second half of June overseas in Europe, then going back to the U.S. and Canada for the rest of the summer, and then, finally, wrapping up in Australia this fall. Got all that?
Regardless of which show you'll go to, though, you can get a pretty good idea of what to expect: confessional banter, amazing outfits, and 50,000 other fans screaming the lyrics to "Blank Space" by your side. The only thing a bit less predictable is which opener you'll get to start your show; Swift has chosen a number of artists to join her on tour, and each one of them is sure to get fans excited. Vance Joy is the singer with the biggest number of dates, opening for shows all throughout the year. There's also Shawn Mendes, joining him for the first North American leg and part of the second; James Bay, for a few dates in Europe; and HAIM, for a handful of stops in the U.S.
It's a great selection of artists, putting both those more established, like HAIM, and those just starting out, like James Bay, in the spotlight. As good a line-up as it is, though, there are a few other artists we wish could be opening for Swift this tour:
Yes, Sheeran is successful enough to lead a tour of his own, but that doesn't mean that seeing him open for Swift wouldn't be great. It's show just how far he's come since their first time touring together in 2013, and seeing the BFFs reunite on-stage (as you know they would) would be adorable.
Antonoff's band Bleachers had had a successful first year, but what'd truly get them going would be a spot on Swift's tour. Considering that Swift and Antonoff are close friends and collaborated on 1989 , this shouldn't be a problem.
Nostalgia for the Dashboard Confessional singer is high after he surprised Swift's BFF Abigail at her birthday party last month. It'd be a great way to jump-start his career, and Swift's 20-something fans would love it.
Swift is good friends with member Camilla Cabello, and Fifth Harmony's fame is gaining rapidly; it only makes sense for the band to join her on tour. Maybe next album?
Taylor Swift and Tove Lo are a perfect fit: both are singer-songwriters in their 20s, cross genres in their music, and have released tracks for The Hunger Games. The only thing that might stop this collaboration from happening? The fact that Tove Lo opened for Swift nemesis Katy Perry last year.
Swift played backup to Madonna at an awards show. It's timed Madge returns the favor. Plus: how fun would it be to hear all the pre-teens going "who's this newcomer?"
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