Taylor Swift opens Eras Tour concert in Cardiff by speaking Welsh

Swifties were treated to a three-hour musical extravaganza from Taylor Swift as she brought her Eras Tour to Cardiff.

The American artist opened her performance with a "shwmae" to around 67,000 fans at the Principality Stadium.

She added: "Croeso i daith Eras", meaning "Welcome to the Eras Tour" in English.

Tens of thousands of fans descended on the Welsh capital ahead of the pop star's performance at the Principality Stadium on Tuesday night.

They were treated to hits like Cruel Summer, I Knew You Were Trouble and Shake It Off.

Taylor Swift said during her performance: "This is my very first time getting to play a show in Wales and look at this.

"This is ridiculous. Thank you Cardiff."

During the song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, one of her dancers said "ych a fi" during an exchange with the singer, to the delight of the cheering audience, who had been braced for a regional version of the lyric, with other tour examples including "nae chance" in Edinburgh and "jog on, lad" in Liverpool.

In April, Taylor released her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, on which she referenced Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in the lyrics: "You’re not Dylan Thomas. I’m not Patti Smith. This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel. We’re modern idiots."

Swift is now heading to London for a three-day run at Wembley Stadium, which starts on Friday, 21 June.

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