Fans attempt to persuade Taylor Swift to make South East Asia stop

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Taylor Swift fans in South East Asia have been left frustrated as the singer’s Eras Tour is only set to make one stop in Singapore, leaving millions of fans fighting for just 330,000 seats.

Swift will play six shows in Singapore in March next year. 

Tickets for the Eras Tour went on general sale on Friday, with over a million also trying to secure tickets for the six Singapore shows during the pre-sale on Wednesday last week. The pre-sale had been available exclusively for cardholders of Singapore’s United Overseas Bank, with the bank experience a surge in credit and debit card applications leading up to the pre-sale. 

Fans could also secure tickets offline in Singapore, and according to a report from The Straits Times, fans had already started queuing outside of post offices two days before tickets went on sale. 

Swift is set to perform in Japan and Australia, but will not make stops in South and South East Asia, despite boasting a major fan base in these areas. Indonesian capital Jakarta and Quezon in the Philippines are among the world’s top locations for streaming Swift songs on Spotify. 

Fans in the Philippines have highlighted their frustration with the country’s lack of infrastructure to hold global touring stars. 

The Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote: “What started out as cries of frustration from fans because Manila was not among the stops for an international concert tour ended up highlighting the sad state of Philippine infrastructure, specifically our recreational facilities. But the lack of a venue that could meet global standards and host events from entertainment, sports, conventions, and the like is just the tip of a bigger issue.”

Swift fans in the Philippines also ran a hashtag campaign #WeWantErasTourPhilippines to desperately try and persuade the singer to come to the country. 

According to a report from the Guardian, an event was also organised featuring a drag performer Taylor Sheesh, who recreated the Eras tour in Quezon City.