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aylor Swift praises Manchester's 'incredible resilience' as UK tour launches
  Saturday 09 June, 2018
aylor Swift praises Manchester\'s \'incredible resilience\' as UK tour launches

Taylor Swift has praised Manchester's "incredible resilience" as she opens the UK leg of her tour in the city.

The star paused her show to remember the 22 people who lost their lives in a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert last May.

"Concerts are supposed to be about innocence, and about joy and about excitement," she told the audience.

"And what happened just over a year ago in this city was an attempt to steal that innocence.

"Ever since then, you have shown such strength," she continued. "You've shown that you're never going to let anyone forget about those victims.

"You have such incredible resilience - to keep dancing, and to keep the innocence and to keep the joy.

"I just wanted to say, Manchester, is it such an honour to play for you tonight."

The star then played an acoustic version of the song Dancing With Our Hands Tied from her recent album, Reputation.

One fan captured the moment on camera and posted it to Twitter. Another said the speech "had me crying".

The tribute came about half-way through the 90-minute concert, which was the first UK date of Swift's Reputation World Tour.

The evening didn't get off to the most promising start, as ticketing problems caused a 30-minute delay - and left some fans unable to watch the support acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.

This did nothing to dull the atmosphere inside Manchester's Etihad Stadium, however, where fans were given LED wristbands that flashed in time to the music, uniting the audience despite lower-than-expected attendance.
Cobra style

From the moment Swift took the stage to the strains of Ready For It? the show had one overriding motif: Snakes. And lots of them.

Several inflatable cobras cropped up throughout the hour and a half-long set, while golden serpents slithered onto the big screen graphics, the costumes and even onto Swift's jewel-encrusted microphone.

The star has claimed the animal as her symbol ever since fans of Kim Kardashian spammed her social media posts with a green snake emoji during a very public falling-out in 2016.

The dispute arose when Kardashian's husband Kanye West made an unflattering reference to Swift in one of his songs.

Swift condemned the lyrics, but Kardashian hit back by posting a secret recording of the singer, which appeared to suggest she'd approved the song in advance.

Kardashian branded the star as dishonest, and it stuck.

This was the first time we got to hear about how the 28-year-old felt during the affair and also how she dealt with the backlash.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44403658

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