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Taylor Swift Fans in Argentina Have Camped Out in Tents for Five Months in Order to Be Front Row at the Eras Tour: ‘People Are Very Upset With Us’

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour dominated the U.S. in the spring and summer, and the movie version became the highest-grossing concert film of all time this fall with over $200 million at the worldwide box office. Now the tour is getting ready to kick back off in real life as Swift performs three concerts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Some diehard Swift fans with general admission tickets have taken their love for the Grammy winner to a whole new level by camping out in tents near the Estadio River Plate stadium in hopes of securing spots as close to the stage as possible (via Pitchfork). The camping started in June.

“We’ve been in this tent for five months,” a 21-year-old Swiftie told Pitchfork on the condition of anonymity so that her father doesn’t find out. “I usually tell my dad I’m at a park drinking mate with somebody, or visiting a friend of mine who lives near the stadium.”

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According to Pitchfork, fans have been “occupying four tents outside the stadium, taking turns in carefully planned rotations. … An internal spreadsheet, created by two organizers and updated by assigned administrators, keeps track of around 60 folks per tent. Most of them are young women, but no one under 18 is allowed. Based on a ranking system gathering everybody’s total time, the longer you’ve been in a tent, the higher the chances of being one of the first in line.”

“The fact that there are so many people makes things easier,” a 20-year-old named Irina told Pitchfork, adding that her mother is comfortable with her camping out as long as she doesn’t get bad grades in college. “We all have different schedules, and you fit yours amongst them.”

Per the publication: “Sleepovers are now mandatory at least once a month, alongside a minimum of 60 monthly hours, to maintain one’s spot.”

“People are very upset with us camping for some reason,” a fan named Carmen said. “Sometimes you’re lying down, and you hear someone scream ‘Go to work!’ at 2 a.m. It’s like, ‘You’re the one who’s outside of a tent shouting at 2 in the morning — aren’t you supposed to work tomorrow? Does it really affect you that much? I’m the one who’s sleeping on the street, not you.”

Swift launched the Eras Tour in the U.S. on March 17 in Glendale, Ariz. The U.S. leg of the tour ran through Aug. 9, when Swift performed her last of six shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Three of these shows were filmed and edited into the record-breaking concert film “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.” She performed four concerts in Mexico City from Aug. 24 to 27 before taking a break. After her three Buenos Aires dates, Swift will take the Eras Tour to Brazil with three shows in Rio de Janeiro (Nov. 17-19) and three in São Paulo (Nov. 24-26).

The São Paulo dates will be the last ones for the Eras Tour in 2023. Swift will pick the tour back up in February 2024 in Tokyo. The Eras Tour will continue through the remainder of 2024 with stops in Australia, England, France, Canada, Spain, Portugal and more.

Head over to Pitchfork’s website to read more about the fans camping out in Argentina.

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