Swifties have had their fair share of rivals over the years: Katy Perry, John Mayer, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, and now Drake come to mind. But this week, in the wake Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour Pre-sale, there’s a common enemy for superfans across the country: Ticketmaster.
Yesterday, due to so-called “historic demand” for verified fan presale tickets, the site crashed just moments into the 10am EST start. according to to Gizmodo. So was the Capital One presale – which I may or may not have opened a new line of credit for postponed to 2:00 p.m. local time today, prolonging the carnage for another grueling day.
To be clear, Swifties are not to blame for this situation. Ticketmaster is the problem. Fans trained for this sale with the discipline and determination of Olympic athletes: they (we) signed up to the site early, filled out their (our) credit card information in advance, and coordinated with friends in different parts of the country, not some, but not all of them make it through the ether. The night before the long-awaited pre-sale, SwiftTok was already full of videos from fans who were far kinder than me to collapse tips and tricks for buying tickets. Hell, some even learned something easy coding to find out where they were in the queue on Tuesday. As the old saying goes, never underestimate a fangirl’s power and will Listen to Cruel Summer live.
While some aspiring concert-goers took the “drop it all now” approach in the pre-sale, some still had to deal with their day-to-day lives while the great war raged on, even as tickets continued to be sold Exorbitant prices (Anyone want to go halfway on a $24,000 ticket??). A resourceful fan who should do an anatomy internship during the sale, took the help their professor to ensure they snag the coveted tickets. “IMPORTANT” was the subject line of her email, followed by this urgent request:
That’s the question of the year. If you agree, it will brighten my day and all year. I am currently in the queue for Taylor Swift tickets but have my anatomy internship at 1:30pm. Do you think it’s even possible that you could watch my place in line on my laptop while I take it? I’ll come to you at 1 p.m. anyway.
And you know what? It worked. dr Shull actually “complied with the student’s request,” dutifully monitoring her place in the queue, even with more than 2,000 people in front of them. Much like the Hunger Games, securing seats at Taylor Swift’s stadium requires the quickest of reflexes: fans must be ready to snap tickets the moment they’re admitted to presale, regardless of the (literal) cost. Thank you for your service, Dr. shell.
And the ticket-buying solidarity went both ways: A teacher took to TikTok about her sixth grader’s all-day trip to help her get tickets to a show in Tampa next April. The deeply invested group helped their teacher refresh themselves through “a myriad of mistakes,” warning her when the queue was moving (and when it wasn’t), and staying with her when she was kicked out of the queue six times. In the end she was able to get tickets, even if they were “nosebleeds”. Give these students some A’s!
The rush for tickets has reached mythical proportions: While the Washington State Department of Natural Resources tweeted Yesterday he chided fans for allegedly DMing them to “just wake Mount Rainier up a little” to make room in the queue for Taylor Swift tickets,” Jezebel confirmed to the department who have Swifties Not gone so far as to wake up a dormant volcano for floor sitting.
Even then, this Ticketmaster fiasco appears to be a natural disaster in its own right. When the clock strikes 2 p.m. today, I have one more question: are you ready for this
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