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Taylor Swift Fans Have Been Camping Out for Her Argentina Shows Since June

Next week, Taylor Swift will kick off a Latin American leg of her historic “Eras Tour” with a three-night run in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As we’ve seen from earlier shows in the tour, Swifties will go to extreme lengths to see the spectacle themselves. But now, we’re learning just how far some Swifties are willing to go, thanks to a new report detailing how hundreds of fans have been camping outside the arena waiting for the shows since June.

According to Pitchfork, four tents have been sitting outside River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, and a legion of highly-organized Swifties have been taking shifts manning the station for over five months, hoping to get everyone as close to the front of the general admission section as possible for the shows on November 9th, 10th, and 11th.

The report explains that the majority of participants are “young women” (though no one under 18 is allowed), numbering around 60 heads per tent. An internal spreadsheet was created by two organizers, and is updated by assigned administrators, describing the rules of the queue, with folks taking different shifts to accommodate their schedules. In the end, the total hours each fan spends manning the tents — plus a couple of other factors, like whether they camp out over night or endure a rainstorm while on duty — will be added up, and the fans who put in the most work will get to be at the front of the line when doors finally open.

Some fans involved in the camp-out have said that they’ve really enjoyed the experience. With a large number of Swifties involved, ensuring the stations are manned hasn’t been too hard, and many of the fans have made friends (and, of course, plenty of friendship bracelets too).

Yet, there have been some difficulties, particularly with the way the fans are treated by the public. “People are very upset with us camping for some reason,” one Swiftie, named Carmen, said. “Sometimes you’re lying down, and you hear someone scream ‘Go to work!’ at 2 a.m. It’s like, ‘You’re the one who’s outside of a tent shouting at 2 in the morning — aren’t you supposed to work tomorrow? Does it really affect you that much? I’m the one who’s sleeping on the street, not you.”

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But through it all, the Swifties have remained strong, even building bonds with some of the community around the stadium. As the report explains, there was some concern that overly-excited soccer fans could disturb the camp-out during matches, but as time went on, tensions have eased. “At first, [sports fans used to] call the Swifties ‘mufa,’ slang for jinx,” the report states, but eventually the soccer fans came to “cheer and thank them for being there on their way back if their team won.”

Now, the camp-out is nearly at a close, and the devoted Swifties are greatly anticipating the spectacle, even if they’re a little daunted by what to do once it’s over. For her part, Carmen said that she doesn’t “like the idea of there being a little time left,” and questioned: “What am I going to do with so much time at home, now that I won’t have to be making friendship bracelets all day inside a tent? Return to being a normal person?”

Read the full Pitchfork report here.

Meanwhile, after the Argentine shows, Swift will continue on with the “Eras Tour,” which is set to stretch all the way into December 2024. Check out the full list of her upcoming dates, and grab your tickets here.

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