Taylor Swift's Red Tour takes the Fargodome next week

Taylor Swift is set to perform Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fargodome, along with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The pop star, known for her songs about young love and heartbreak, may be most popular among tweens and teenage girls, but her extr...

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is set to play the Fargodome on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Taylor Swift is set to perform Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fargodome, along with British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

The pop star, known for her songs about young love and heartbreak, may be most popular among tweens and teenage girls, but her extravagant concerts have fans of all ages planning to attend.

Swift and featured tour artist Sheeran have been traveling throughout the United States and Canada since the start off her RED Tour March 13 in Omaha, Neb. Swift's tour is named after her 2012 album Red, which sold more than 1.2 million copies in the United States in its first week.

An extravagant performance

Concert goers are sure to see plenty of red throughout the concert as Swift wears costumes with red accents, rocks out on a red guitar and wails her love songs into a red microphone, and let's not forget her signature red lips.


Hallie Thoreson, 9, of West Fargo, said fans also can expect to see a lot of pretty dresses, scene changes and screaming young girls. The young fan will attend the concert with her mother, Jennifer Thoreson.

"I'm excited because Hallie is so excited," Thoreson said. "I have always loved concerts, so getting to take her to someone she likes so much makes it even more fun."

The mother-daughter duo first saw Swift perform when Hallie was just 6 years old. They went to the Twin Cities for Swift's Fearless Tour in 2010.

Hallie said almost every song during the concert had a different scene, or set change.

Swift's two-hour show will include 10 costume changes, along with a ton of theatrics. The singer will move throughout the venue performing on two-multilevel stages with changing sets, while aerialists, dancers and drummers help create an extravagant concert experience, according to a press release. Along with singing, Swift will show off her talent on the electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar.

"She's such an interactive performer," said Brian Ashburn, 21, of Moorhead, who saw Swift perform an album-launch concert when he was an intern on "The Ellen Show" in October 2012. "I think people can expect an extravagant performance, rather than just a concert. She goes all out and has insane sets."

Ashburn said he decided to go to the Sept. 6 show the day they announced the tour. He and a couple of friends bought their tickets during the presale in December. Their seats are right above the floor.

"All of her songs are stories, and I know that she acts out the stories at her concert. It's like watching a play," he said. "It's going to be awesome."


Alissa Heinze, 22, of West Fargo, hasn't been to a Swift concert yet, but she said she's heard the pop star puts on a good show. Heinze will be taking her 10-year-old cousin to the concert, where they have seats in the third row. They'll also be attending a pre-party, where they'll receive a signed copy of Swift's CD and a VIP gift bag.

"I think Taylor Swift is one of the few famous young women left that is still a good role model, so I am excited to see how my cousin reacts to her," she said.

The music

The set list will feature "Red," which is the singer's first full pop album. It includes singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22."

Heinze said she likes the album because "it seems a little more grown up," and as a young adult, she can relate to many of the songs on the album. "Especially 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' and '22,'" she said. "I feel like those songs pretty much describe recent events in my life."

Swift titled the album "Red," "because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles," Swift said in a press release. "In my mind, when you experience love that's fast-paced and out-of-control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication and all of those lovely emotions ... in retrospect, it all looks red."

Hallie said her favorite songs from the album are "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "Everything Has Changed," which features Sheeran.

"I like how you can really envision (her music)," Hallie said. "And you can feel the beat -- I like that."


She said she learned a dance to "22," in her last dance class, and every time they performed it, people would start tapping their feet. They couldn't help it, she said. "I loved it."

Ashburn said he loves jamming to the fun pop song, but said he couldn't choose a favorite from the album because it's all "phenomenal."

"(Swift) is one of the few artists that can write personal songs but also have them be catchy," he said. "She doesn't rely on writing about clubs and drinking and sex -- something so rare on the radio nowadays."

Ashburn said he became a Swift fan after hearing "Sparks Fly," from her album "Speak Now," which he thinks has a good chance of being on the set list.

Swift's top hits "Love Story," "You Belong With Me" and "Mean" have made it on the set list for many of the Red Tour concerts thus far, so concert-goers can expect to hear their favorites from Swift's other albums as well.

They also should expect to see Sheeran join Swift on stage for "Everything Has Changed," which the two artists co-wrote.

As the featured artist on the Red Tour, Sheeran will perform before Swift takes the stage. The British singer released his debut album "+" in 2011. The album includes singles "Lego House" and "The A Team," which have been playing on local top 40 radio stations recently.

Heinze said she might be as excited to hear Sheeran as she is for Swift.


"I love slow acoustic music, so he is just my style," she said. "I am really hoping they sing ('Everything Has Changed') together."

Ashburn is also excited to see Sheeran. "He's one of my favorites as well," he said. "He's so talented."

Expecting a sold-out show

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday . American Idol finalist and country music singer Casey James will kick off the concert at 7 p.m.

Rob Sobolik, general manager of the Fargodome, said the venue is set to seat more than 20,000 people. Small clusters of tickets are still available, but Sobolik said he expects them to sell out.

"She's a very popular artist, right now," he said. "It's going to be a great night and a great show."

For tickets and other information, visit

If you go:


• What: Taylor Swift Red Tour concert.

• When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

• Where: Fargodome, 1800 North University Drive, Fargo.

• Cost: Tickets ranging from $29.50 to $148.50 are available at

Taylor Swift by the Numbers:

• 7: Taylor Swift has won seven Grammy awards.

• 13: Swift writes "13" on her hand for good luck before every concert.

• 23: Swift is 23 years old.


• 64: Swift will play 64 stadium and arena shows during The Red Tour.

• 111: Swift played 111 shows during her 2011-2012 Speak Now World Tour.

• 1.2 million: Swift's Red album sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week.

• 26 million: Swift has sold more than 26 million album downloads.

• 75 million: Swift has sold more than 75 million song downloads.

Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or .

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran will play the Fargodome as part of Taylor Swift's Red Tour on Saturday, Sept. 6.

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