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Taylor Swift is scheduled to kick off her Reputation Stadium Tour in just over two months. And thanks to an official statement made by Tay Tay herself, we finally know who’s joining her.
Earlier this week, Swift took to both Twitter and Instagram to let her fans know that Camila Cabello and Charli XCX have signed on to be her Reputation Stadium Tour opening acts. “I’ve been wanting to tell you this for a really long time,” Swift admitted in a short announcement video. “I’m really excited. I hope you are too, and I can’t wait to see you. Can’t wait to see them. Really excited just about the whole thing, in general.” Same Taylor, same.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 1, 2018
The news doesn’t come as a total surprise, as Swift, Cabello, and Charli have never been shy about expressing their love for one another. Last month, Swift shared a personalized Spotify playlist that, along with dozens of other tracks, included both Charli’s “Unlock It” and Cabello’s “Real Friends.” In 2015, Charli and Swift performed Charli’s “Boom Clap” in Toronto during Swift’s 1989 World Tour. Similarly, Swift invited Fifth Harmony (of which Cabello was still a member) on stage to perform “Worth It” during a 1989 World Tour show in Santa Clara, California.
Cabello and Charli have already thanked Swift profusely for inviting them to go on tour with her. And while Charli jokingly expressed her desire to be the Reputation Tour’s “bad influence” on Twitter, Cabello took a more heartfelt approach and confessed that, as a long-time Swift fan (she put up a Taylor Swift poster in her room when she 14 years old), joining Swift on tour is truly a dream come true.
Interestingly, Swift’s tour—which starts on May 8 and ends on November 9—overlaps with Cabello’s recently announced Never Be the Same Tour, which starts on April 9 and ends on June 27. We’re guessing that Charli will cover the first half of the Reputation Stadium Tour and that Cabello will cover the second half, but neither Swift nor Cabello has confirmed this theory as of yet. Either way, we have mad respect for Cabello for agreeing to embark on not just one, but two huge concert tours in 2018.
Based on her track record, Cabello and Charli likely won’t end up being the only artists who accompany Swift during the Reputation Tour—Swift’s 1989 World Tour was notable for featuring tons of surprise guests, including Tove Lo, Alessia Cara, Ellie Goulding, and the aforementioned Fifth Harmony. Nonetheless, bringing on two female musicians as opening acts is an atypical but admirable move for Swift. Shawn Mendes and Vance Joy travelled with Swift during much of her 1989 tour (though Haim stepped in for a handful of dates) while Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, and country singer Brett Eldredge accompanied Swift during her Red tour. In other words, Swift has never really asked another female pop star (much less two) to join her on tour.
Swift’s decision to bring on Cabello and Charli as opening acts demonstrates her slow and sure move towards pop music and away from folk and country music. It also demonstrates her readiness to support and lift up other female artists—as talented as Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes are, they both became much more popular and widely-known after joining Swift on tour. Swift could definitely help Cabello and Charli in a similar way.
Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour is coming to the Rogers Centre in Toronto on August 3 and 4. You can buy tickets and check out the full list of tour dates on Swift’s official website.