Die-hard Taylor Swift fans have been camping out for more than five months ahead of the singer’s next live show – and have even been making rankings to decide who the biggest fan is.
The pop megastar will return to her blockbuster Eras Tour this week after a three-month break, kicking off the international leg at the Estadio Mâs Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday.
After fighting to get tickets, around 240 fans have decided to camp outside the stadium, with Swifties setting up a points system and enforcing strict rules for those who want to camp out.
Four tents, each with around 60 people assigned to it, are in on the system with two organisers running things with a spreadsheet.
Most of the people camping out are young women, although all under 18s are banned.
‘Sometimes you’re lying down, and you hear someone scream ‘”Go to work!” at 2 a.m. It’s like, “You’re the one who’s outside of a tent shouting at 2 in the morning—aren’t you supposed to work tomorrow? Does it really affect you that much? I’m the one who’s sleeping on the street, not you”‘.
Football fans heading into the stadium have been rowdy towards the Swifties however, shouting at them and calling them a ‘jinx’, but they say there have been no major disturbances.
On match days, there is usually a police officer guarding them to keep safe.
Some have even seen the business opportunity and are camping out of behalf of other Swifties.
Two girls – going by Debora and Sofia – charge 700 Argentine pesos an hour (about £1.64) to camp. They currently have four clients.
The lucrative Eras Tour is set to net the star a staggering $4.1 billion (£3.4billion) – the most an artist has ever made from a single tour in history.
The singer’s earnings solely from her worldwide tour are the equivalent of the economic output of 42 nations, according to estimates over her wealth from Peter Cohan, an associate professor of management at Babson College, cited by the Washington Post.
It comes after a dispute over ticket sales earlier this year.