VIP experience turns 'awful' at Taylor Swift's Singapore concert

By Linh Le   March 6, 2024 | 04:00 am PT
A TikTok user recounted an “awful” VIP experience at Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” concert in Singapore, marred by overcrowding, after spending S$1,800 (US$1,342) on a ticket.
American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Photo from Swifts Instagram

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Photo from Swift's Instagram

As reported by Mothership, the concertgoer, identified as Sophie on TikTok, detailed her troubling experience during Swift’s March 2 performance at the National Stadium, which commenced the American singer-songwriter’s six sold-out nights in the city state.

Anticipating what she believed to be a "once in a lifetime" opportunity, Sophie’s excitement quickly turned to dismay when her section became overrun with fans from other areas. This led to a cramped environment that not only blocked her view but also made it challenging to enjoy the concert.

Sophie said the overcrowding subsequently became so severe that she experienced physical discomfort and was even shoved by fellow attendees. She also criticized the security personnel for their ineffective management of the situation, which, in her view, only worsened the crowding by pushing people into already full rows.

Sophie’s viral TikTok video has resonated with many, amassing over 1,300 comments. Among these, several fans shared similar experiences of disorder during Swift’s series of concerts, with one noting how attendees from their section "ran to the front" and another describing the scene where "everyone was standing on their seats, going all the way to Taylor and crowding around."

Kallang Alive Sport Management (KASM), the organizers of the concert, acknowledged the incident and promised to implement changes to improve crowd control measures. It is reported that KASM has introduced additional resources and barriers to better regulate crowd movement for Swift’s subsequent shows, as well as urged attendees to remain in their designated sections and to observe proper concert etiquette.

This incident is not isolated, as fans have previously voiced frustrations over issues at Swift’s concerts. As covered by the Daily Mail, an $800 ticket holder in Melbourne reported obstructed views due to a massive crew and sound mix tent last month.

Swift’s "The Eras Tour" in Singapore, marking her exclusive stop in Southeast Asia, completed its initial three performances from March 2-4, with three more shows scheduled for March 7-9.

The 35-year-old artist first rose to fame with her country music before transitioning to pop. She has released 14 albums throughout her career, including four re-recordings known as Taylor’s Version.

Forbes reported her net worth to be US$1.1 billion following the success of "The Eras Tour" in 2023.

Time magazine awarded her the title of "Person of the Year" for 2023.

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