The Eras Tour
with GAYLE and Phoebe Bridgers
Friday, May 12, 2023 at Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)
Photos by Bill Raymond/Digital Noise Mag
GAYLE was the first opener for the show. She is known for her hit "Abcdefu."
Her set was mighty. She brought great energy to the stage and totally got the crowd hyped.
She's only 18, and she's already opening for the likes of Taylor Swift. What a great moment.
Taylor Swift called Phoebe Bridgers one of her favorite artists of all time. Her indie folk brought the audience to their feet.
If you look to the left of Phoebe in this picture, you'll see Matty Healy. He is the lead singer for the band The 1975. He was a guest performer in Phoebe's band.
She was in awe at the reaction of the crowd. Philly brought electric energy that was infectious.
This countdown, accompanied by Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me," made the decibel level in the stadium rise. Excited Swifties knew Taylor was up next, and boy, were they screaming about it.
These insanely cool costumes were the first thing the crowd saw. They camouflaged Taylor, who popped out of the tie-dye cloth after the dancers clumped together.
Taylor took the Linc through all 10 of her albums, or "Eras," one at a time. Her album "Lover" was the first one she performed. She dazzled in her pastel bodysuit.
Her stage was massive. It spanned the entire field of the Linc. Here she is in the dead center, atop a rising platform that changed its shape with each song she played.
Seeing double! Her screens were massive. Fans in even the highest, furthest seats from the stage got a great view of the performance.
Taylor stunned in all of her outfits. Best believe she was still bejeweled. All over.
Taylor is known for her stellar bridges in all of her songs. She paused a moment to ask Philly to "cross the first bridge together," making sure we all sang the bridge to "Cruel Summer" in sync.
The last time she took the stage in Philly was for her Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018. It had been five years since she had a hometown show.
Taylor was also impressed by our volume. We were the most excited crowd yet.
She performed roughly 45 songs. That's about three straight hours on stage. And she didn't even take a drink of water on the stage!
The stadium was packed and rocking. Not only that, the parking lot seemed to sell out , too. Nearly 20,000 fans without tickets congregated outside to hear the music.
Here she is teasing the next song she was going to play, called "The Man." She said that the way we were so hype was making her feel "like The Man."
While this wasn't a full costume change, it still was an outfit adjustment. She had over a dozen outfits in her arsenal. The costume changes were seamless.
As "The Man," Taylor really showed us who's boss. It was another stellar song to start the show off with.
All of her sets were so immersive. She really transformed the stage for each "Era" and song. It wasn't just a concert. It was a PERFORMANCE!
Taylor's dancers were insanely amazing. They kept the energy for all three hours of the show. They really added positively to the whole experience.
Taylor had a custom pair of Louboutin's for each "Era." That's just crazy. She's fancy like that.
Hopefully Taylor doesn't take another five years to come back to Philly. We loved having her so much and can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next.