Taylor Swift’s Dad Reportedly Surprises Fans With a VIP Eras Tour Upgrade

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO BOOK COVERS Taylor Swift performs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 16, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

Taylor Swift’s dad reportedly surprised some fans during his daughter’s first show in Melbourne, Australia, when he offered them a VIP upgrade.

One person shared the good news after their friends received Scott Swift’s ticket upgrade, explaining what happened in a message exchange with Jacqui Felgate, a host with Melbourne’s 3AW radio station, who subsequently shared the story with her followers on Instagram.

The “good news story” involved the Swiftie’s friend and that friend’s daughter, who had “cheap restricted tickets” to one of the “Anti-Hero” singer’s concerts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Feb. 16. After entering the venue, the two fans were approached by Scott, known fondly among fans as “Papa Swift,” who “went around and handed them wrist bands and entry into VIP section." They estimated that the upgrade was valued at about $2,000.

“Seriously lucky and how generous and kind is papa Swift!!” the anonymous storyteller added.

Felgate shared a screenshot of the Swiftie’s message on Instagram and gave it a short caption: “Wow!”

Feb. 16 was Swift’s first of three nights at the MCG. It also marked her first performance in Australia since 2018. The “Cruel Summer” songstress performed in front of an estimated 96,000 people each night—a new record for not only the Eras Tour, but her entire career thus far. Swift told that night’s audience that she was “completely starstruck by the fact that so many of you wanted to hang out with us on a Friday night in Melbourne.”

Swift played her final scheduled show in Melbourne on Feb. 18. She next heads to Sydney for four nights at Accor Stadium, before heading to Singapore for a string of shows in early March.

While Swift’s Eras Tour has concert dates scheduled into December, she has another major undertaking to look forward to this spring: the April 19 release of The Tortured Poets Department. Swift announced her forthcoming 11th album during the 2024 Grammy Awards on Feb. 4 as she was receiving her record-breaking fourth Album of the Year award for 2022’s Midnights.

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