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Friday 29 August 2014

Sparks Fly as Taylor Swift thrills devotees

Taylor Swift performs at the Odyssey Arena last night

Four-time Grammy award-winner wift was the belle of the ball last night as she thrilled a sell-out crowd at the Odyssey Arena.

Despite being still only 21 years old, Swift has quickly moved from country notoriety to pop stardom, collecting more than 120 awards in the process.

Inspired by her hero Shania Twain, she is the earthy everygirl, unapologetically voicing the pangs of young love and pain of broken romances.

But there's no doubt the girl from Pennsylvania is now more Miley Cyrus than Dolly Parton as she bounced on to the stage to Sparks Fly, the first song on her new album Speak Now, from which most of the set came from.

To the crowd's delight Taylor and five of her band took out their guitars for Mine, and then it was time to pay homage to the audience who she “had fallen in love” with already and admit that all her songs were about love and terrible break-ups. Thankfully, she got back to the singing with The Story Of Us, then took to the piano so the crowd could sing along to her latest single, Back To December.

You Belong With Me proved the most popular song of the night and by the time we got to her worldwide hit Love Story from second album Fearless, the crowd, mainly consisting of teenage girls, were having a ball.

Despite her constant ego-indulging moments, it really was an enjoyable show and proved why Swift is one of the biggest selling performers of this day.

I'm sure for some little girls the show was a fairy tale. She even had some of us dads tapping our feet at the end.

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