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What is 'Taylor-gating?': Here's why some Swifties are belting out the singer's tunes outside of her sold-out shows

Taylor Swift performs onstage during "Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour" at Gillette Stadium on May 19, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts./Fans "Taylor-gate" to watch her perform outside venues
Taylor Swift fans gather outside of her Philadelphia show to "Taylor-gate' her performance.Scott Eisen/TAS23/Getty Images; @taraaapadovan/TikTok
  • Taylor Swift fans are gathering outside of Eras Tour venues to sing and dance in the streets.

  • The trend, known as "Taylor-gating," has been described by fans as "a full-on dance floor."

  • "Taylor-gating" attendees spoke to "Today" about their experience in a segment that aired Friday.

Taylor Swift fans that couldn't secure Eras Tour tickets last November are celebrating in their own special way.

Swifties nationwide are participating in "Taylor-gating," a tailgating trend that has seen thousands of fans gathering outside of Eras Tour venues.

"Taylor-gating" attendees spoke to "Today" about their experience in a "Today" segment that aired Friday.

"I'm sure Taylor heard double the voices she was expecting because we were all out there singing even though we weren't inside," Michaela Hogan, a Nashville fan, told "Today."

Megan Whittle, Christy White, and Emma Pizzi react to the beginning of Taylor Swift's set, which they are listening to from the parking lot outside of Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 13, 2023.
Fans react to the beginning of Taylor Swift's set from the parking lot outside Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2023.The Washington Post/Getty Images

The trend was inspired by the high ticket prices and long Ticketmaster queues fans faced last fall. The increased demand caused technical difficulties on Ticketmaster's site, and many fans were left without their golden ticket.

Though some fans were disappointed, "Taylor-gating" is a way for them to sing along to their favorite songs and find community. "I wanna cry, I wanna throw up, and I wanna pass out," a "Taylor-gate" attendee in Philadelphia told "Today."

In April, a Tampa-based Swiftie shared a TikTok of her and her friends picnicking outside of the Taylor Swift concert, while other fans can be seen dancing and singing Swift's hit "The 1." The TikTok has over 4 million views as of Sunday.

@liljessmo #stitch with @liljessmo my heart is so full ❤️ i cannot believe i was all alone here 2 days ago and tbis many people showed up today 🥰 #taylorswift #erastour #erastourtampa #taylorswifttampa #swifttok #erastourtips #swiftie #taylorgating #raymondjamesstadium ♬ original sound - Jess

 

Attendees don't just keep the party going before the concert; the celebrations continue after the show, complete with food and more sing-alongs.

Taylor Swift fans prove the party doesn't just happen inside the venue.

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