Taylor Swift review – tour shows a star, and reputation, still in ascendance

Optus Stadium, Perth: Snakeskin outfits and hit medleys inspire sold out opening show of the Australian leg of her Reputation tour

So many matching outfits. Mothers and daughters, brothers, sisters related and otherwise, converged upon Perth’s still-new Optus Stadium, for a Friday night out that seemed a touch more fabulous than most of them usually are.

If there was any doubt that Taylor Swift inspires her audience, it was laid to rest here at the opening night of the Australian leg of her Reputation tour. Jumpsuits, sequined jackets and snakeskin outfits referenced video clips and song titles. There’s a sophistication about Taylor Swift that can be shared by tots, teens and twentysomethings… and their mums (and dads). It’s perhaps the reason why Swift’s star is still in ascendance, certainly in comparison to her rival, Katy Perry, who on her most recent visit, struggled to fill Perth’s 15,000-seat RAC Arena. On this night, 50,900 flocked to see Swift with the mega-venue proclaimed ‘sold-out’.

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