Lover Fest
Tour by Taylor Swift
  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
Associated albumLover
No. of shows17

Lover Fest was a planned concert tour by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, in support of her seventh studio album, Lover (2019). The tour was originally scheduled set to begin on April 5, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia, and conclude in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 1 of the same year. In April 2020, following growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, all festival dates were canceled, while the stadium shows in Brazil and the United States were postponed to 2021. On February 26, 2021, the remaining dates were canceled as well.

Background and development

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on August 27, 2019, four days after the release of Lover, Swift explained that she was not yet sure of her plans for a tour in support of the album, and stated that she did not want her life to become a constant cycle of releasing an album and immediately touring after release.[1] Swift later hinted in an interview with Zane Lowe in October that family health obligations prevented her from organizing and embarking on a larger-scale tour.[2] The tour was announced through Swift's social media and website on September 17, 2019. Swift explained on social media that:

The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven't been and play festivals. Where we didn't have festivals, we made some.

Twelve dates were initially announced, with appearances at festivals and her own shows, with UK and additional international dates to be announced.[3][4]

The July 18, 2020 concert in São Paulo was set to be Swift's first official show ever in both Brazil and the continent of South America.[5][6] Tickets for the show went on sale on October 25, with more than 100,000 people reportedly queuing online to get tickets,[7] selling out in around 12 hours.[8] Due to overwhelming demand, a second show was added.[9] The tour was also set be her first visits to Denmark,[10] Poland,[11] and Portugal.[12] The show in Berlin would've marked her first show in the city in six years since The Red Tour and her first show in Germany in five years since The 1989 World Tour. It sold out seconds after officially going on sale.[13] On October 29, it was announced that Swift would be performing in Spain.[14] The festival shows in Belgium, Norway, France, and Spain would have marked her first performances in each country in nine years since the Speak Now World Tour.

In early December 2019, the singer announced that she would be headlining British Summer Time in London on July 11, 2020, becoming her second time headlining the festival with the first being five years prior, incorporated as part of The 1989 World Tour.[15] In mid-December, after much speculation, Swift was confirmed as the headliner for the Glastonbury Festival—one of the world's biggest music festivals—on its 50th anniversary in June 2020. She was set to become just the sixth solo female artist to headline in the festival's history.[16] Swift's performances at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California were planned to be the stadium's debut event; she was to be the first woman to open an NFL stadium.[17]

By mid-April, many of the festival organizers had cancelled events Swift was scheduled to participate in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Swift then announced on April 17 she would not go forward with the tour until 2021, nor will she perform live in any venue for the remainder of 2020.[18] She later performed "Betty" from her eighth studio album, Folklore (2020), live at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on September 16, 2020.[19]

On February 26, 2021, Swift announced that Lover Fest had been canceled and will not be rescheduled; she said, in a social media post:[20]

This is an unprecedented pandemic that has changed everyone's plans and no one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the near future. I'm so disappointed that I won't be able to see you in person as soon as I wanted to. I miss you terribly and can't wait til we can all safely be at shows together again.


List of canceled concerts
Date City Country Venue Reason Ref.
April 5, 2020[a] Atlanta United States Centennial Olympic Park COVID-19 pandemic [22]
June 20, 2020[b] Werchter Belgium Werchter Festivalpark [24]
June 24, 2020 Berlin Germany Waldbühne [18]
June 26, 2020[c] Oslo Norway Bjølsenfeltet
June 28, 2020[d] Pilton England Worthy Farm [27]
July 1, 2020[e] Roskilde Denmark Festivalpladsen [28]
July 3, 2020[f] Gdynia Poland Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport [18]
July 5, 2020[g] Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes [30]
July 8, 2020[h] Madrid Spain Valdebebas [18]
July 9, 2020[i] Oeiras Portugal Passeio Marítimo de Algés
July 11, 2020[j] London England Hyde Park [33]
July 18, 2020 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque [34]
July 19, 2020
July 25, 2020[k] Inglewood United States SoFi Stadium
July 26, 2020[k]
July 31, 2020[k] Foxborough Gillette Stadium [18]
August 1, 2020[k]


Most of the things I had planned this summer didn't end up happening, but there is something I hadn't planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise 🤗 Tonight at midnight I'll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I've poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation [...] Before this year I probably would've overthought when to release this music at the 'perfect' time, but the times we're living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That's the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.

— Swift announcing her eighth studio album on July 23, 2020, Instagram[37]

After the cancellation of Lover Fest,[38] Swift quarantined herself in the fallout of the pandemic. During her time in isolation in the first half of 2020, she watched numerous films,[39] and read various books.[40] The fictions fueled Swift to turn inward, utilizing the free time to write introspective songs,[39] which eventually developed into a body of work, her eighth studio album, Folklore,[41] although she had not intended to create a studio album until late 2020.[39] The album was released on July 24, 2020.[42] Its fifth track, "Mirrorball", was inspired by the tour's cancellation and Swift's role as an entertainer. It has been described as an ode to fans who find solace in her concerts and music.[43]


  1. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Capitol One JamFest tying into the canceled 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament's Final Four.[21]
  2. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Werchter Boutique.[23]
  3. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Oslo Sommertid.[25]
  4. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Glastonbury Festival.[26]
  5. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Roskilde Festival.[10]
  6. ^ This concert was supposed to be part of Open'er Festival.[11]
  7. ^ This concert was part of Festival de Nîmes.[29]
  8. ^ This concert was part of the Mad Cool Festival.[31]
  9. ^ This concert was part of NOS Alive.[12]
  10. ^ This concert was part of British Summer Time.[32]
  11. ^ a b c d This concert was supposed to be part of Swift's own festival, Lover Fest.[36][17]


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