Taylor Swift surprised concertgoers Thursday, January 12, at the O2 Arena in London by making an appearance.
Swift sang “Anti-Hero” from her album Midnights for the inaugural time on stage while playing an acoustic guitar. She also performed “The City,” a song from the 2013 self-titled album by 1975. Numerous videos of her appearance have been shared on social media by fans.
The Grammy winner put on her guitar and launched into her number-one single while grinning at the audience.
Swift played her guitar during the concert in front of a black-and-white stage set-up. She sang the lines as the audience cheered in ecstasy.
Some fans were also encouraged by Swift’s on-stage cameo to think that she would invite a few famous pals to join her on her upcoming Eras Tour.
Rumors of a forthcoming collaboration between Taylor Swift and the English rock band, The 1975 have been circulating for months. Before the release of the band’s new album Being Funny in a Foreign Language, Swift had heard the record, according to Matty Healy, whom Pitchfork interviewed in August last year. Swift gave Healy access to Midnights as payment for the favor before its October 21 streaming release (Jack Antonoff served as a producer on both albums).
In an October BBC Radio 1 interview, Healy ended the rumors when questioned about a potential Swift duet. Healy said, “We have not yet done it. “But we’d love to.” In addition, he called Swift “one of the best songwriters.” Healy later said that 1975 did “a little bit” of work on Midnights, but the record never saw the light of day.
It will start Swift’s tour, traveling across North America from March until August 9. Many fans needed help getting tickets for the Eras Tour when Ticketmaster mishandled the public on-sale date in November.
Several fans negatively impacted by Ticketmaster’s poor handling of the situation have filed two lawsuits against the ticketing giant and its parent company Live Nation.
While some social media users wished they could travel back in time to see Swift play live, supporters at home and in person were ecstatic with the unexpected mini-concert.