It’s a lot of work to bring together 24 strangers, but not for Swifties.
SEATTLE — Taylor Swift fans from around the country have come to Seattle for the ‘Eras Tour’ as complete strangers have now become lifelong friends.
A lot of work has to be done to bring 24 strangers together, but not for Swifties, or Sarah Andrews.
Andrews, a Swift fan from Coeur D’Alene, said: “We tried to get tickets and like everyone else, we really couldn’t.
For three months after the surgery, Andrews was bedridden and what got her through was watching Taylor Swift’s TikTok concerts and she knew she had to go to one.
“I watched TikTok and it said, can you imagine trusting 24 Strangers enough to buy a stadium suite? And it hit all these happy looking people and I thought, yeah, I think I can do that,” Andrews said.
Andrews called Lumen Field about a suite of rooms. There is one available for $40,000. Andrews said her husband gave her the green light and pulled the money out of savings knowing she would get it back in 24 hours.
Then she started looking for other Swifties on Facebook.
“It was around midnight, when I saw this random post in a Swiftie Facebook group and I said, if anyone was looking for tickets, would you be interested in the apartment? and I think, this is fake. this is so fake.
Turns out it wasn’t, and Katie Lorton was one of 24 strangers who took a leap of faith.
“I feel like this is it. This is the only time I get to see her, so let’s just do it,” Lorton said.
“This friendship we created when a lot of my friends weren’t Swifties like me. So it’s great to learn and to be able to get excited about something totally exhilarating,” says Lorton.
Meghan and Hannah Habel saw the same post. They also took the opportunity.
“Everybody is so nice and it’s fun to stick together for something really important,” says Habel.
The twin sisters have attended several Swift concerts together and now live in different states, the Eras Tour is bringing together strangers and sisters.
“When we met Red together, it was right before we broke up for the first time to go to college so it was a really meaningful experience for both of us,” Habel said.
Total strangers met for the first time in Seattle on Saturday.
“None of these people knew each other this morning and they were drinking together and staying together, it was great to see lasting friendships formed,” Andrews said.
The group is gearing up to meet Taylor Sunday with friendship bracelets and a repeat of their favorite era, but Andrews says it’s much bigger than that.
“There isn’t a person who can’t understand something she says in her song, or something she puts on. I feel like this is the first thing in a very long time that has really brought so many people together,” Andrews said.
Andrews also said what was originally a way to get through the post-surgery recovery is now life-changing.
“I think the group will continue to make it through the concert. I think we hope to be friends for life,” Andrews said.