17 April 2024

Wagga Swifties to unite for 'Tortured Poets Department' Album Release Party

| Chris Roe
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Wagga City Council Community Development Coordinator Alex Osgood is planning a Taylor Swift celebration.

Wagga City Council Community Development Coordinator Alex Osgood is planning a Taylor Swift celebration. Photo: Chris Roe.

If you thought Taylor Swift mania would calm down after the Australian leg of her record-breaking Eras tour in February, you would be sorely mistaken!

Swifties across the Riverina know only too well that her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department drops in under a week and they are getting set to revive the party!

To celebrate, Wagga City Library is jumping on the Tay-Tay train and hosting an event to bring the city’s superfans together for a listen.

“The Swifties of Wagga were calling out for it,” said Wagga City Council Community Development Coordinator Alex Osgood.

“When Taylor Swift said that she was going to drop her new album in the middle of Youth Week, we thought – what a great opportunity to do a bit of pop culture and bring young people of all ages and abilities together in a really fun and safe place for an album release party.”

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Swifties are invited to dress up in their best merch and costumes and join in themed activities as they listen.

“The entire downstairs area of the city library will be washed in pink and purple and sparkles; we’ll have a prize for best dressed and we’ll give away a ’22’ hat – which Swifties all know,” Alex said.

“We’re going to have friendship bracelet making and a live DJ running the decks , so we’re pretty excited to be able to deliver this as part of Youth Week!”

For the uninitiated, making friendship bracelets featuring Taylor Swift’s album or song names and exchanging them with other fans is part of the phenomenon.

Alex warned that tickets to the event were already on the way to selling out.

“The response has been amazing,” Alex said.

“We’re targeting 12- to 25-year-olds, but already we’ve had an eight-year-old register and a 60-year-old register so it’s really open to anyone of any age and ability who wants to come and celebrate Taylor Swift!

“If we do sell out within the next week, we will definitely look at expanding numbers in the space.”

Taylor's 11th studio album

Taylor’s 11th studio album will be available from Friday 19 April. Photo: Supplied.

According to the countdown clock on Spotify, The Tortured Poets Department will be available from Friday at 2 pm.

The standard album version has 16 tracks in total but, to complicate matters, Swift is releasing four versions with unique cover art and each includes a different bonus track that appears only on that version.

Why sell just one copy when you can get your fans to buy four? That’s before we get into the vinyl, cassette and CD releases; it’s no wonder Swift has now joined the Forbes billionaire list!

The album is already a certain hit based on presales alone and will no doubt bring plenty of joy to Swifties across the globe.

If you want to join the party in Wagga you’ll need to book ASAP.

The T-Swift ‘Tortured Poets Department‘ Album Release Party kicks off in the Wagga Wagga City Library from 5 pm on Saturday 20 April.

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