I went to two Melbourne Taylor Swift shows – this is my urgent advice to everyone going to the Eras Tour in Sydney

Mega Swiftie Lucy Wilson has revealed her top tips and tricks for those heading to Taylor Swift's upcoming shows in Sydney after attending two of the Melbourne Eras concerts
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A mega-fan who has been to two Taylor Swift shows in Melbourne has given her must-know advice to those attending the Sydney Eras concerts this weekend.

Lucy Wilson shared her tried and tested tips with Sydney Swifties so they can get the most out of their upcoming Eras experience

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She recommended ways to stay warm and comfortable all night, buy merchandise without queuing and get the most out of their phone battery during the mammoth event.

Lucy also suggested wearing earplugs to reduce hearing damage and checking what ticket holders can and cannot bring to the venue.

The fan also reminded those heading to one of Swift’s four shows in Sydney to “live in the moment” and not get caught up in filming everything on their phones.

THE RIGHT TIME TO BUY GOODS

Lucy said those wanting to get their hands on some coveted Taylor Swift merchandise should visit the stalls outside Accor Stadium in the days leading up to the first show.

‘The MCG had two on Wednesday and Thursday and I went to the Wednesday. I didn’t even have to stand in line, there was no one there,” she said in a TikTok video.

“Because we did that, we didn’t have to be there at four o’clock or whenever the gates opened.”

In Sydney, however, the merchandise tents have already sprung up outside the venue, with thousands of Swifties already queuing up.

Some were queuing as early as 4am, prompting organizers to open the stalls an hour earlier than planned at 10am.

What time do you have to be there?

At the Melbourne show, a number of eager Swifties made it to the MCG as the gates opened at 3:30

However, Lucy said she said it would be fine to wait until 6pm before Sabrina Carpenter, the opening act, takes the stage.

“Since you have reserved seats, I don’t think you need to be there at four o’clock,” she said.

“Both nights I arrived around 6 p.m., so Sabrina came by about twenty minutes earlier and everything went well.”

Mega Swiftie Lucy Wilson has revealed her top tips and tricks for those heading to Taylor Swift's upcoming shows in Sydney after attending two of the Melbourne Eras concerts

Mega Swiftie Lucy Wilson has revealed her top tips and tricks for those heading to Taylor Swift’s upcoming shows in Sydney after attending two of the Melbourne Eras concerts

KNOW HOW TO SCAN YOUR TICKET

Lucy said the rules may be different at Sydney’s Accor Stadium, but an annoying detail caused confusion and delays at the gates of the MCG.

She explained that those with their tickets in the Ticketek app or as an email attachment will have a barcode that can be scanned at the gates.

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However, those who add their ticket to their Apple wallet can tap their phone as they do with a myki or PayPass.

“A lot of people were confused by this, so it kept the line going,” Lucy said.

WHICH BAG TO BRING

Accor Stadium only allows customers to bring one bag no larger than an A4 piece of paper.

Lucy said she could bring her Taylor Swift tote, which is a little bigger and can even fit a second pair of shoes, sweater and leggings.

She said security was not doing many bag checks as this would have delayed the entry of 96,000 people into the stadium, but reminded Sydney Swifties to double check Accor Stadium’s entry conditions to be sure.

Lucy wore a beautiful cream corset with beaded fringe and a pleated skirt to a show and advised people to bring comfortable clothes and a sweater to keep warm

Lucy wore a beautiful cream corset with beaded fringe and a pleated skirt to a show and advised people to bring comfortable clothes and a sweater to keep warm

Lucy wore a beautiful cream corset with beaded fringe and a pleated skirt to a show and advised people to bring comfortable clothes and a sweater to keep warm

WHAT TO WEAR

Those lucky enough to get Eras tickets have been planning their outfits for months, with many in sequins, others in corsets and some styled in heeled cowboy boots.

Lucy wore a beautiful cream corset with beaded fringe and a pleated skirt, but said her top started to become uncomfortable during Taylor’s three-hour set.

She recommended bringing comfortable clothes or shoes if your outfit is starting to hinder your enjoyment of the show or for the long train ride home.

‘The first night I took off my corset and just put on a sweater because my back was hurting. If your outfit isn’t comfortable, think about those things,” she suggested.

‘The first night my shoes really hurt so I just sat in my socks, but the second night I brought Birkenstocks and that was just the best.’

Lucy said those sitting high in the stands should consider bringing a jumper to keep warm.

‘I would definitely bring a sweater. “I get cold very easily, but when we had nosebleeds – very cold – it was very windy and also to walk home,” she said.

‘If you can, I would bring comfortable clothes for the train journey home. The first night I trained at home alone, I was cold and uncomfortable.”

Lucy said she could take her Taylor Swift tote bag, which is slightly larger than the A4 size requirements and can even fit a spare pair of shoes, sweater and leggings.

Lucy said she could take her Taylor Swift tote bag, which is slightly larger than the A4 size requirements and can even fit a spare pair of shoes, sweater and leggings.

Lucy said she could take her Taylor Swift tote bag, which is slightly larger than the A4 size requirements and can even fit a spare pair of shoes, sweater and leggings.

PROTECT YOUR EARS

Lucy said she would wear earplugs if she could do the night again because the crowd, not the music, was so loud.

‘The second night my boyfriend and I looked at each other and we thought, ‘Oh my God’, we had to plug our ears, it hurt. “I would buy earplugs, they can damage your ears,” she said.

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“(That) was just for the Champagne Problems applause, not for the entire concert, but still, just because it doesn’t hurt doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful.”

NON-PROFESSIONAL CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED

Lucy said she wanted to take her Canon G7

‘It didn’t say professional cameras, but it did say you could take digital cameras, so people weren’t sure. “I didn’t think you could do that, but they don’t check your bags either,” she said.

“From what I understand, you can take a digital camera or a Canon G7 X or something like that, but not professional cameras with interchangeable lenses.”

According to Accor Stadium guidelines, small hand-held cameras are allowed, but professional photography equipment and selfie sticks, drones, flashlights, laptops, tablets or digital readers are excluded.

Lucy filmed her favorite songs, but said she didn't have to watch the show through a screen: 'I don't want to spend all the time filming, I want to live in the moment'

Lucy filmed her favorite songs, but said she didn't have to watch the show through a screen: 'I don't want to spend all the time filming, I want to live in the moment'

Lucy filmed her favorite songs, but said she didn’t have to watch the show through a screen: ‘I don’t want to spend all the time filming, I want to live in the moment’

BE TECH-SAVVY

Lucy highly recommended bringing a small portable smartphone charger so the battery lasts all night.

Only personal chargers smaller than the size of your phone are allowed, so it’s best to leave large batteries at home.

She also said to clear out your phone storage before the show so that there is enough space to record all your favorite songs.

“I have iCloud storage, which helped, but because it wasn’t on WiFi it didn’t update and I kept running out of phone storage,” Lucy said.

“My phone got really overwhelmed and wouldn’t turn on in 1989, it just froze and I couldn’t fix it.”

LIVE AND ENJOY THE MOMENT

Although Lucy filmed much of the show herself, she said it’s important not to watch the show through a screen.

‘Be in the moment and enjoy it. Think to yourself: if you go to concerts and film everything, do you actually watch them again?’ she asked.

‘Maybe you’re someone who does that and in that case films everything, but I thought: I don’t normally watch the videos again and I don’t want to spend the whole time filming, I want to live in the moment.’

She said she filmed a few introductions, choruses and bridges to a handful of her favorite songs, but most enjoyed dancing and not recording.

“It was one of those concerts where I thought, ‘Would I rather have it on film and look back on it, or would I rather make it all in the moment?’ And that was what I was going for.’

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