Taylor Swift's Melbourne Mayhem: Even Without Tickets, Fans Have a Blast

Published February 8, 2024

Did you miss out on snagging tickets to Taylor Swift's 'Eras Tour' in Melbourne? Don't fret! Even without a ticket in hand, Swift fans—also known as 'Swifties'—have a myriad of themed activities to dive into. It's time to shake off those FOMO blues because Melbourne is about to turn into a Swiftie haven, replete with everything from silent discos to lookalike performances.

There's no need for dread or despair if you couldn't get tickets because Melbourne has lined up a slew of Swift-themed events that will take place before, during, and after the concerts. If you're already holding a ticket, consider these activities the perfect prelude to get you into Swift mode or, as Tay would say, get you 'Ready for it.'

Skating with Swift

Imagine gliding on ice to the tunes of Taylor Swift. That's what you'll be doing at the Taylor Swift ice skating night on Saturday, February 10. For a cover fee of around $26, attendees can enjoy an evening at IceHQ from 5:15pm to 8:15pm. Sport your finest Swift-inspired outfit, lace up those skates (provided at no extra cost), and hit the ice. There's even a competition for best dressed, so you might just glide home with a prize!

Swiftly Scholarly

Calling intellectual Swifties! The University of Melbourne is hosting a Swiftposium, featuring scholars who'll dissect Swift's global influence on the economy, music industry, and fandom. A special panel discussion will be open to the public on Sunday, February 11, for $40 a ticket. It promises to be an enlightening evening, starting from 6pm at Fed Square.

Doppelgänger Delights

Witness Swift doppelgänger, Taylor Sheesh, make their Aussie debut at Fed Square on Friday, February 16, in a free event. The Filipino drag queen's 'Errors Tour' is an extravaganza of dance and performance, all in celebration of Swift’s music.

After-party Antics

Post-concert, Swift's music lives on at Max Watts, where an after-party will cater to all the nocturnal fans. With a start time around 11:30pm and tickets from $25, DJ Rog will be spinning Swift tracks to dance to until the early hours.

Brunching the Swift Way

How about brunch with a side of Swift? For $79 a person, Harlow bar is serving up a Taylor-themed weekend with drag performances, cocktails, and tunes. Remember to book ahead!

Silent Disco Strut

Feeling groovy? Join a Taylor Swift silent disco walking tour on Friday, February 23. Strap on your headphones and dance through Melbourne's streets starting at Fed Square's Atrium at 6:30pm. Tickets are from $15—a small price for such an immersive fan experience.

Candlelit Tributes

Wrap up the Swift-filled festivities with a candlelight concert at the Collingwood Town Hall. On Saturday, February 24, tickets starting from $28 will get you into an evening of Swift songs played by a string quartet, all in a room aglow with candles. A second chance to catch this magical night is on March 14 at Fitzroy Town Hall.

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