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Taylor Swift: everything you need to know before you arrive to the concert


by Grace McGettigan
14th Jun 2018
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Taylor Swift is set to play two concerts in Croke Park this weekend as part of her Reputation World Tour. She’ll be the first female artist to play two nights in a row since the stadium was refurbished.

The 28-year-old, who hasn’t toured in three years, will take to the stage on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June, with support acts Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX in tow. Gates open at 6 pm, Charlie XCX will perform from 6:30 pm, followed by Camila Cabello at 7:15 pm. Then, at approximately 8 pm, Taylor Swift will make her grand entrance.

Concert organisers MCD have advised all under-16s be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18. What’s more, nobody under the age of 14 will be allowed in the pitch standing area. Age checks will be in operation and if there is any doubt whether a minor qualifies for age restrictions, proof of age may be requested. If in doubt, bring a colour photocopy of the minor’s passport to avoid disappointment.

If you plan on buying snacks, drinks or Taylor Swift merchandise on the night; note there is limited access to ATMs on site. Bring cash or a debit card with you. What’s more, alcohol will only be sold to those with valid I.D.

How do I get there?

Croke Park is in a residential area, south of Dublin City. As such, parking is limited and local residents will be given priority. All concert-goers are encouraged to use public transport to get to and from the venue. If using Irish Rail services, disembark the train at Drumcondra Station and the stadium will be a two-minute walk away. Alternatively, Dublin Bus routes 1, 7, 7a,13, 14, 15, 27, 19 and 40 will bring you to within a 15-minute walk (or less) of the venue. You can plan your journey on DublinBus.ie. Remember to allow extra time to sift through the crowds.

When you arrive at Croke Park, check your ticket to see which entrance you’ve been assigned to. Ushers will be on hand to help you get to your seat (or standing area) quickly and safely.

What can I bring with me?

Concert organisers have banned an extensive list of items from the premises. Avoid bringing large handbags and/or backpacks as these are prohibited. There won’t be a cloakroom, so it’s worth leaving bulky coats and bags at home. Other banned items include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerosols
  • Alcohol
  • Backpacks
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Banners with poles of any kind
  • Glow sticks
  • iPads
  • Large umbrellas
  • Selfie sticks
  • Go Pro cameras
  • Deck chairs

For the full list of prohibited items, click here.

What will the weather be like?

On Friday, highest temperatures will range from 15 to 17 degrees Celsius; though it’s expected to get chilly as the night goes on. There is a risk of showery outbreaks, so it’s worth bringing a rain poncho or anorak with you.

On Saturday, MET Éireann predicts it will be warm and breezy. Again, temperatures will range from 14 to 17 degrees Celsius and there’ll be a small risk of showers.

Photo: Taylor Swift, Instagram

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