Friday, December 1, 2023

Taylor Swift thanks ‘beautiful and generous’ fans after 4 sellout shows in CDMX

Taylor Swift began the Latin American leg of her Eras Tour in Mexico City this weekend, with four sold-out shows at the massive Foro Sol.  

With a passionate welcome from Mexican Swifties – as Swift’s fans are known – the singer left the country feeling grateful and in love with Mexico. 

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Fans exchanged friendship bracelets, a “Swiftie” tradition between concertgoers. (Edgar Negrete Lira/Cuartoscuro)

“After years of wanting to play in Mexico City, I just got to play 4 of the most unforgettable shows for the most beautiful and generous fans,” Swift wrote on Twitter and Instagram on Monday. “Feeling so grateful for the memories we’re making together on this tour … TE AMO,” she added, using a Mexican flag emoji to represent the popular phrase “Te Amo México.” 

Videos on social media showed how Mexican fans embraced the Eras Tour, giving it a touch of Mexico’s unique culture.

Video shot prior to the concerts shows Swifties leaving a friendship bracelet at a statue of Tlaloc, the Mexica god of rain and lightning, so the artist would be spared bad weather. “Tlaloc is a Swiftie,” the video’s caption reads. 

Other videos showed friendship bracelets customized with inscriptions like “Taynochtitlan,” a play on the name of the former capital of the Mexica empire or “Taymales,”  among other Spanish-language puns. Even Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldívar was seen exchanging bracelets with fellow fans at Swift’s first concert.

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Even Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldívar was spotted in the crowd, with friendship bracelets and a “Swiftie” jacket. (Arturo Zaldívar)

But many fans were left behind, unable to watch the artist perform live: while some never found tickets to the show, others were victims of ticketing scams.

The newspaper El País reported that some 200 people from Guatemala, who paid between US $1,500 and $3,000 per travel package to watch the show, were scammed by a company called Global W Producciones. 

But Swift promised to visit Mexico soon again, giving hope to those who were unable to see her show this time around. Milenio reports that nearing the end of the last concert, the singer said: “Mexico, I love you very much… thank you very much, we’ll be back soon, you can count on it.”

There were other celebrities in attendance at the Foro Sol concerts, including actress Jessica Chastain, who shared these videos on X

For now, Swift will take a break before continuing the rest of her tour in Latin America with dates in November across Argentina and Brazil.  

With reports from El Universal, NBC News and El País

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