Thursday, May 9, 2013
TAYLOR SWIFT TO BRING THE RED TOUR TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN 2013
TAYLOR SWIFT TO BRING THE RED TOUR TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN 2013 SWIFT BECOMES FIRST SOLO FEMALE ARTIST IN 20 YEARS TO HEADLINE STADIUMS ACROSS AUSTRALIA Nashville, TN – May 8, 2013 – Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift, who is spending her summer headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas in North America on her blockbuster THE RED TOUR, announced today that in response to strong fan demand she is taking the tour overseas later this year, to Australia and New Zealand. Taylor will perform stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as an arena date in Auckland. Notably, Taylor Swift will be the first solo female artist in twenty years to undertake a national stadium tour of Australia, with the last being Madonna’s Girlie Show tour in 1993. The first overseas dates of Taylor Swift’s THE RED TOUR will include the following: DATE CITY VENUE November 29 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena December 4 Sydney, Australia Allianz Stadium December 7 Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium December 11 Perth, Australia NIB Stadium December 14 Melbourne, Australia Etihad Stadium The Australia and New Zealand portion of The RED Tour is produced and promoted by The Frontier Touring Company, and tickets are priced from $85. Pre-sale tickets will be available via frontiertouring.com/taylorswift from Tuesday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 15 (or prior if the pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Start times are staggered for each city, with local details available on the website. The general public on sale is Tuesday, May 21. Taylor’s The RED Tour performance features two multi-level stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. Taylor moves around the venue and uses different stages, giving every audience member a great seat. Taylor plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changes costumes 10 times over the course of the evening. Her set features several songs from her record-breaking RED album, as well as new takes on several other fan favorites. Taylor Swift’s The RED Tour is earning universally high praise from top critics: Rolling Stone -- “Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach. Red [is] the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. Seeing Taylor onstage now is seeing....total commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. A true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.” The New York Times -- “A king-size spectacle, [whose] juxtapositions have power, one theatrical scene after the next. Taylor Swift off-script is very much like Taylor Swift on-script: not just the brains of the operation, but the brawn, too, the unflappable force that ensures stuck landings. Ms. Swift’s voice is stronger than it’s ever been, and also sturdier….she sang vividly from behind a piano, show[ing] credible dark emotion.” The Village Voice -- “Taylor Swift was born to entertain. Swift remains genuine….which speaks further to her endless appealing nature as a performer.” The Miami Herald – “Genuinely powerful. Swift seems to have made an astute transition to her new identity of self-determined young woman. Swift came across as sincere and open in a way that made her the modest but adored mistress of a girl-power mega church.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution – “She’s supremely gifted…..For two hours T-Swizzle thoroughly charmed, entertained, and connected with the audience.” Orlando Sentinel -- “Visually and musically, this was Swift’s most accomplished production yet.” The North American portion of The RED Tour is currently playing 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013. For updated tour dates and information, please log on to: www.taylorswift.com. Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure, and is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one of the 100 Most Influential people in the world, and she is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year. Taylor, who is signed to Big Machine Records, has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe. With 11 nominations, Taylor is a top nominee for the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. She will perform live on the ABC telecast on May 19th from Las Vegas. She is also nominated for two CMT Music Awards, which will be presented June 5th from Nashville. Taylor will guest star on the season finale of New Girl, which airs on FOX on May 14th.