Taylor Swift is heading down under – and already Australian fans are preparing for the inevitable ticket scramble.
The pop superstar announced Australian dates in early 2024 as part of her Eras tour, her first in five years. She’ll be performing three shows in Sydney and two in Melbourne.
Here’s everything we know so far about where Swift is performing and how to get tickets.
When and where?
Swift will perform at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February 2024, and at Sydney’s Accor Stadium Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February.
The stadium capacity at the MCG will be more than 100,000, while Accor has a capacity of 83,500.
Swift has not announced any dates in any other Australian cities, nor any New Zealand dates.
When are tickets on sale?
An American Express Card presale starts on Monday 26 June, but it appears to be limited to two VIP packages selling for $1,249.90 and $899.90. Sydney shows are on sale from 10am, while Melbourne shows are on sale from 2pm. The pre-sale lasts for 48 hours or until the allocation is exhausted.
The Frontier Members presale starts on Wednesday 28 June, and will run for 24 hours from 10am for Sydney shows and from 2pm for Melbourne shows, or until the pre-sale allocation is exhausted. To get your hands on these, you’ll need to sign up to be a member of Frontier Touring and register for a presale code.
General ticket sales will go live on Friday 30 June – and once again, it will start at 10am for Sydney shows and 2pm for Melbourne shows. Customers can buy a maximum of four tickets for each show.
Guardian Australia has asked Frontier Touring what proportion of tickets will be reserved for the general sale.
How much will tickets cost?
Tickets range from $79.90 to $379.90.
Packages begin at $349.90 for the We Never Go Out Of Style Package, which includes an E Reserve ticket, and goes up to $1,249.90 for the It’s Been A Long Time Coming Package, which includes an A Reserve ticket.
What about scalping and scams?
Even though tickets aren’t even on sale yet, there are already ticket scalping websites saying they can guarantee tickets at inflated prices, Choice spokesperson, Jarni Blakkarly says.
“The bigger the demand is, the bigger the ticket scalping is, the higher prices people are getting ripped off. I’m sure these tickets will sell out in a matter of minutes when they go on sale, and there’ll be thousands of fans who want tickets who aren’t able to get them,” Blakkarly said.
Blakkarly says Choice has heard of many cases where consumers have never received the tickets, have received fake tickets – and even been turned away at the venue.
The main way to avoid being scammed, Blakkarly says, is to buy tickets through the official ticket seller, which in this case is Ticketek.
If people do try to get resold tickets, “really high prices, unrealistic promises around ticket delivery or front-row seats should be a red flag”, Blakkarly says.
According to Frontier Touring’s website, tickets will only be able to be accessed via Ticketek’s apps. No physical tickets will be available, and the ticket barcode will activate just before the show.
Who will be supporting Swift?
Pop’s next big thing, Sabrina Carpenter, will tour with Swift as a special guest in all Australian shows.
That doesn’t necessarily rule out other guests. Swift has been known to surprise audiences, for example by bringing out Ice Spice and Jack Antonoff at her New Jersey show last month.