Taylor Swift surprised fans back in September 2019 with a festival specifically for her latest album, Lover. The concept of the festival was to ultimately have Swift headline with the addition of some of her musician pals, thus the name Lover Fest and Friends. There were only four U.S. festival tour dates taking place at Sofi Stadium in California and Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts. Upon the release of the dates, fans went feral with planning shows with their friends and spent hours upon hours in Ticketmaster queues, waiting to get tickets. Safe to say, summer 2020 was something many Swifties were looking forward to, until the announcement of its cancellation this past Friday.
I'm so sad I won't be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us. pic.twitter.com/qeiMk2Tgon
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 17, 2020
From the get-go, fans weren’t informed much about Lover Fest. And even seven months into the festival being announced, fans still were not told about who the “friends” would be. So, Swifties weren’t shocked about Lover Fest being canceled.
Anyone else feel like lover fest was never going to happen…like even from the get go when it was announced and got tickets i had a gut feeling it wouldn’t happen
— McKinley needs wine 🍷 (@13yearsoftay) April 15, 2020
Me deleting my Loverfest countdowns off my phone pic.twitter.com/N6tLo33fRD
— Annie (@bolandswift) April 18, 2020
Some Swifties were prepared for the possibility of Lover Fest being canceled and tweeted about the refunds they are expecting receive. Some even noted that, ultimately, canceling Lover Fest is a reasonable thing.
waiting for my taylor swift stimulus check*
— n!na (@dresstokilltime) April 13, 2020
me waiting for my $500 refund for loverfest pic.twitter.com/ArBx4Bw9Nk
— klaus mikaelson’s punching bag (@taylenahq) April 12, 2020
applying for unemployment is equivalent to buying loverfest tickets
— emma (@tracesofswift) April 8, 2020
I’m so tired of people acting like fans who want loverfest cancelled are bad fans djdkskks like bitch IT IS CANCELLED there is no way by July 100,000 people are going to be able to just hang out together lmfao pic.twitter.com/hcDLEvh2Yh
— maya (@bakingswifts) April 15, 2020
Surprisingly some Swifties got mad that Taylor cancelled Lover Fest. And that makes us question, what made you think Taylor Swift would put that many lives in danger?
Im so sad and mad about #LoverFest i know its for the best but she literally never comes to europe especially berlin. Why not just postpone like us/brazil ?? I dont get it. I love u tay pls make it up to us…💔 @taylorswift13 @taylornation13 #loverfestberlin
— Lizzy (@LizTaylor9789) April 18, 2020
To quite a good amount of Swifties, the news of the festival;’s postponement meant that they finally had a shot at getting tickets to its future dates.
i might be able to go to loverfest next year [message sent with invisible ink]
— es🕊 (@yesesmie) April 17, 2020
tbh i am happy loverfest will be rescheduled. i might be able to go to the new dates.
— dana 🌸 (@dressfearless) April 17, 2020
And finally, some Swifties definitely felt sad — and that’s understandable. For some, they were looking forward to hanging out with their friends on their birthday. For others, it was a chance to finally travel to see their online best friends. But for most, it was to finally be able to see Taylor perform for the first time.
me thinking about how lover fest was going to be so FUN and i was going to celebrate my 21st birthday and meet so many online friends 🥺 stay safe everyone 💓💓💓 pic.twitter.com/p8zEoPujwb
— tyler (@TylerGarza2) April 17, 2020
At the end of the day, we know Taylor Swift is just looking out for us and doing the best to keep us all safe. If you’re going to Lover Fest in 2021, we’ll see you there!
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