A flood of emotions occurred in the Argentine public when Taylor Swift announced through her social networks that she will perform in the country, in November, at the River Plate Stadium, as part of her tour The Eras Tour.
Their fans, known as Swifties, are mobilized and in a state of total ecstasy, and swept the 24,000 seats available for the first presale in less than 2 hours. "Sisters" are called each other, and they are crazy for what will be the first presentation of the American singer in Argentina.
"It's a passion without limits," says Nina, an 18-year-old film student from La Plata who is guarding "tent three." It is that missing even more than five months for the first recital, they already set up a camp in the vicinity of the Monumental, and the first tents can be seen on Avenida Figueroa Alcorta.
The 33-year-old American artist added a third show at River. He will perform on November 9, 10 and 11. Photo Reuters
"It's the first time I've come to Capital alone, I came early and I'm going to stay about 8 hours, until another partner replaces me, but some of the girls have been here for several days, and we are not going to move from here until November."
Identification and membership
Taylor Swift's music arouses strong feelings among her fans, who are known to demonstrate on social networks with great intensity. The artist is also a very active person and her accounts reach millionaire numbers of followers (262 million on Instagram and 93 million on Twitter, to cite just two examples). But he also interacts regularly with them, and carries out social actions such as visiting hospitals or delivering gifts on holidays.
"My entry is doubtful. I mean, I don't have the money to buy it yet, but I passed on my alias to all my friends and family," says Nina.
Another peculiarity is that his fans also feel very identified with the lyrics of his songs, which are largely dedicated to his ex-partners, and that is why emotions are on the surface.
"When I heard that Taylor was coming, I was in college, and I had to leave because I couldn't stop crying, shaking. It is an immense joy and we are all super excited, "says the young woman from La Plata.
Even though most of them don't know each other, the passion and devotion they feel for Taylor Swift led them to organize and work together to be as close as possible to their idol. "I answered a Twitter thread and from there we went to WhatsApp groups where we have a shared Excel, and each one completes the schedule in which it can be present in the tent, to take care of the place. Those who cannot come because they are from the interior or from another country, help us with some money to buy drink or food, or those who are closer reach us."
Taylor Swift with her six American Music Awards, in November 2022. AFP Photo
The group to which Nina belongs has approximately 80 members, with very dissimilar ages ranging from 18 to more than 40 years: "Many of us study and work, so we take turns to continue with our activities." Also for some it is an opportunity to make some extra pesos, since fans from the interior and other countries usually pay a good figure to reserve good places in line.
"Yes, I know that it exists and that girls from Chile and Brazil are coming, but so far no one has contacted me," says Nina with a mischievous smile on her face. She adds: "Being a Swiftie is a lifestyle, we love Taylor, she is always with us, in the pandemic she was an emotional support for me, plus she is not just an artist, she is a great person who always helps her fans."
Tickets and new show
"Many of us study and work, so we take turns to continue with our activities," says Nina, who comes from La Plata.
On the first day of sales open to the general public, the virtual line of the website where the tickets are issued reached the incredible figure of 2,500,000 people, and a third confirmed date was added for November 11.
"My entry is doubtful. I mean, I don't have the money to buy it yet, but I passed my alias to all my friends and family and with their help I hope to be able to enter. And if not, I will stay outside listening to it from wherever I can. The important thing is that she comes to Argentina and will find a different audience, super affectionate and passionate, "says Nina.
Taylor Swift moves crowds in the world and the time has come that the Argentine Swifties were waiting for. Happy, expectant, and knowing that they are very close to fulfilling the dream they have since the first day they began to consume the music of their favorite singer.
The girls take turns every 8 hours. The photo is from the early morning. Photo Marcelo Carroll
"It's going to be a very important day for everyone. We will do our best to be able to enter the recitals and see her as close as possible. We love her."
A very special moment
Nina becomes serious, and with a broken voice tells an anecdote that fully paints what she feels for Taylor Swift: "Last year I had an accident in which I was run over, and I had a bad time, I fractured my tibia and fibula, and they had to operate on me. I remember that I had been given the anesthesia and in the operating room before falling asleep I told the doctor that it was not my time, because I had not yet had the opportunity to see Taylor live. It is something that I have been manifesting since that moment, and now it is about to happen. It's going to be a very special moment for me."