ALIA Tour to Taylor Swift, Melbourne

Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Taylor Swift, has just completed headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas on the North American leg of her blockbuster TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR and is now touring Australia with that show.

The four-time GRAMMY winner’s SPEAK NOW performance is a two-hour theatrical presentation, reminiscent of a Broadway experience. The show features elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists, changing sets, and innovative choreography and instrumentation showcased on a multi-level stage.

Taylor plays five different guitars in the show, plus two banjos, the ukulele and the piano, and changes costumes nine times over the course of the evening. During the concert she moves right around the venue, using different stages, thereby giving every audience member a great seat.

Baz Halpin is the Show Director, Production and Lighting Designer for the show whilst Steve “Six” Schwind is on tour as Lighting Director. Steve has kindly agreed to conduct a tour of the lighting rig whilst in Melbourne next week. The rig includes 24 VL3500 Spot, 72 VL3000 Spot, 38 Coemar Infinity XL, 44 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700, 20 Clay Paky Sharpys, 16 Martin Atomics 4 Studio Due Space Flowers, 16 Linear 4-Way and 20 Pixelline 110.

A 3.5Mb PDF of the lighting plot can be downloaded here.

There are some great show shots on Baz Halpin’s web site A plot of the show is available on the ALIA site.

“…the two-hour production was an overwhelming experience. Lighted trees, pyrotechnics, dancers popping up from the stage, aerialists twirling above the eight-piece band, nine costume changes, multiple set changes, a floor-sweeping mime, confetti, a satellite stage and a small, gazebo-ish lift that took her over the crowd were just some of the details that turned an evening into a spectacle.” – Tom Roland, Billboard Magazine

“…The huge production (certainly one of the biggest I’ve ever seen) coupled with Swift’s megahit songs mean this tour will be one of the top draws of the year, especially if they pull off near-flawless concerts like they did in Omaha on Friday.” – Kevin Coffey, Omaha World-Herald

Where: Rod Laver Arena
When: Tuesday March 13th
Time: 1pm

If you would like to attend this tour then email your name and mobile number to Please state whether or not you are an ALIA member.  Note that tours cost $20 for non-members. Please ensure that you have read the ALIA Tour Protocol.