Where do I even begin?! Did I REALLY just see my second favourite celebrity ever though?! :O
I woke up at 7:30am this morning outta nowhere and just threw all of my blankets on the floor and started CELEBRATING! Lmfaoooo The day I had been waiting for for over a year now had finally come! =’)
Around 1pm, one of my friends FB messaged me and told me Taylor was staying at the hotel she was working at, just in case I wanted to get my stalk on ;D Ahhhh, people know me so well! Haha And without much convincing surprisingly, Dad agreed to drop me at that hotel instead of the Arena around 2:30pm-ish. You’d think a father would ask questions about his teenage daughter going off to stalk a celebrity aye? Lmao Anyway, Dad dropped me RIGHT in front of the hotel and told me to pretend like I was a guest staying there Lmfao so I did just that; walked right past reception, went to the elevators and chose many different floors that Taylor may have been staying on. Can’t front, I was completely shitting myself by this time because I figured either way, I’d either meet my second fave or cause a scene with security… And I’d like to think I came close to both! After a while of searching on random floors by myself while trynna play it cool around the REAL guests, I realised it was useless and pointless so I just headed back to the lobby/reception, which was when these big ass security guards started giving me intimidating looks >_< It was like they could read my mind. It was there I met my first bunch of Swifities too! They were my age and had come from Christchurch and were shocked to hear Taylor was staying in the same hotel as them :O I chilled with ‘em for a little bit before heading down to the Arena which was about a five minute walk and accepted the fact that meeting Taylor today just wasn’t meant to be.
I got to the Arena about two and a half hours before the doors opened BUT GOT DAMNNNN, PEOPLE HAD APPARENTLY BEEN WAITING IN LINE FOR TAYLOR SINCE 5 THIS MORNING o_O So there were about 100 people in front of me. I was issued my replacement ticket with no problem and then met some other really chill Swifties in line afterwards. It was around this time Taylor’s Mum named Andrea came out to surprise us! She just walked outta the arena and started taking pictures and hugging fans and giving out VIP passes, I thought it was so sweet =’) She stood right in front of me while she was talking to the girl standing beside me, so I did what any Swiftie would’ve done… I REACHED OUT AND TOUCHED TAYLORS MUM ^_^ Lmao Later, I did the usual, like went to get some Subway while someone saved my spot in line and did some vee-logs (or vlogs as boring people like to call ‘em) around the city Haha Then before I knew it, 6pm had come around and the doors were opening!
I got yelled at by security so many times while going into the Arena because I was practically FLYING Lmao I wanted to be at the very front regardless of the “no running” rule. Mission accomplished ^_^ And that’s where I met four other chicks; two from Waiheke Island and the other two from Avondale College - we all clicked instantly and I loved it (: They were all much shorter than me though and since I was in front of them, I swapped places so they could see better. It didn’t make any difference to me too because I could still quite easily see above their heads, but they were beyond thankful! They said I was the nicest person they had ever met =’) Hahaha So sweet!
The opening act - Neon Trees - came on about an hour after we were in and they were surprisingly good, especially considering that I had never even heard of ‘em before tonight. Anyway, 8:30pm eventually rolled around and then the lights dropped for Taylor!
Her entrance was just… Lawd! Mesmorizing <3 I remember when the red curtains dropped and her massive shadow turned into HER… The screams were real! Lmao The FIRST thing she did was come down the stairs and stand RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME =’) She performed her first song literally one meter away from me and I wanted to just reach out and touch her! I swear she performed about one quarter of the show on the actual stage, one quarter of the show behind me on the elevated thing towards the seated people and half of the show on the runway in front of me =’) The concert overall was too good for words though… I don’t know how many times I leaned over to the girls beside me and said “SHE’S ACTUALLY REAL?!” Lmao She performed most of my favourite singles too. Her outfits and makeup and dance crew were amazing as well, I was too happy! My fave performance is between We Are Never Getting Back Together, Sparks Fly, Treacherous and 22… OR THE WHOLE ENTIRE SHOW, YOU KNOW :D
The one thing that really stood out to me about Taylor tonight was the way she’d just stop singing to just talk to us and explain things.. Like how she came up with the idea of the song she was about to perform or what it meant to her or even the more simpler things like explaining that back home, it was Thanksgiving time and that she was thankful to be spending it with her 12,000 of her NZ fans. She even joked about how growing up, she didn’t have many friends but now, she had literally 12,000 “friends” who wanted to spend their Friday nights with her! Haha It was just so amazing being able to know the exact same person who I’ve only heard songs from or watched interviews of or seen in movies was standing RIGHT. THERE. IN. FRONT. OF. ME. FOR. ONCE… You know? Crazy crazy crazy feeling. This goes without saying btw, but she is even more BEAUTIFUL in person! I was looking at her like “where are the flaws?!” Lmao I swear I could see the twinkle in her eye whenever she smiled ^_^ I wanted to DIE when Tay went into the audience to kiss Lorde on the cheek too man!
And of course! Wouldn’t have been a typical concert if there wasn’t an incident with a tyical asshole! Long story short, this one guy shoved his basic ass all the way through the crowd and ended up shoving and pushing his was directly in front of me. Usually, I would’ve let it go because even though he was quite tall, I could still see around his big head -_- But the four girls I had just become friends with were completely blocked off from being able to see Taylor anymore because of him, so I asked him nicely if he could go back to his spot behind us and he basically ignored me -_- I tried getting security to help but they didn’t do shit, so I did the next best thing possible… I waited for a break between songs, went and stood next to him and.. Well… You know… Subtly kicked his leg, stomped on his foot, elbowed him in the chest and his arm ^_^ I thinkkkk he got the hint though because he threw his arms in the air and moved back to his spot behind us without saying a word Lmfao I’M NOT A VIOLENT PERSON but he was in the wrong here, and no one else was going to do anything about it. Ahhhh well Lol ^_^
Anyway, before closing the show, Taylor promised us that she’d be back in New Zealand another time! Definitely keeping her to that (: Here are some pictures from tonight btw! Hope yall enjoyed this blog about my experience with the RED Tour despite the way it was 50,000 words long (:
Love yall! - Vani <3