Edinburgh Taylor Swift fans set off earthquake monitors with dancing – can other UK shows also 'Shake It Off'?

Swifties danced so hard during the Edinburgh leg of the Eras Tour that it was picked up on seismic instruments.

Taylor Swift fans who attended her Edinburgh concerts danced so hard they set off earthquake monitors, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

LISA FERGUSON

Kicking off the UK leg of her record-breaking Eras Tour with three ground shaking Scottish shows, seismic activity from the concert was detected by multiple BGS monitoring systems around Edinburgh. The furthest station was located around 6km away from Murrayfield Stadium at the organisation’s Lyell Centre office.

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Each night Swifties had the biggest reaction to hits including Cruel Summer and champagne problems, with Friday night’s opening crowd producing the most enthusiastic reaction – though just slightly.

During her first Edinburgh performance, Swift said: “The volume of singing. The dancing. You guys are performing on another level. I can’t stop looking at the crowd. Like, I’m captivated.”

Taylor Swift performing at Murrayfied, Edinburgh (Image: Lisa Ferguson)Taylor Swift performing at Murrayfied, Edinburgh (Image: Lisa Ferguson)
Taylor Swift performing at Murrayfied, Edinburgh (Image: Lisa Ferguson) | Lisa Ferguson

Despite receiving a three-minute long standing ovation following champagne problems on Friday, it was during ...Ready For It? that activity peaked on all three nights.

The Reputation track had fans transmitting around 80 kW of power each night – that’s the equivalent of 10-16 car batteries.

Outside of the stadium, it’s unlikely that humans were able to detect the tremors. However, as The Scotsman editor Neil McIntosh can attest, those who lived locally could certainly hear the “the huge, communal sing-song”.

Callum Harrison, a BGS seismologist, said: “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to measure the reaction of thousands of concert goers remotely through our data. The opportunity to explore a seismic activity created by a different kind of phenomenon has been a thrill.

“Clearly Scotland’s reputation for providing some of the most enthusiastic audiences remains well intact!”

But how will other cities measure up? Here we take a look ahead at Taylor Swift’s upcoming Eras Tour shows to see which venues stand a chance of beating Scotland’s reaction.

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73,000 Swifties chose to ‘Shake It Off’ in Edinburgh each night

In total, around 220,000 fans turned up to see Taylor Swift in Edinburgh – averaging around 73,000 people each night, making it the most-attended show in Scottish history.

According to the BGS, between 22-23 nanometres (nm) of movement took place each night as a result of Taylor Swift’s performance - which isn’t quite enough to have it ranked on an earthquake magnitude scale.

Fans in the stand watching Taylor Swift's Edinburgh Eras Tour show. Fans in the stand watching Taylor Swift's Edinburgh Eras Tour show.
Fans in the stand watching Taylor Swift's Edinburgh Eras Tour show. | Jane Barlow/PA Wire

How each UK Eras Tour venue stacks up against Murrayfield

Moving on from Edinburgh, Taylor Swift will be heading to Liverpool, Cardiff, London and then Dublin before travelling to mainland Europe. Following shows in cities including Amsterdam and Warsaw, Swift will eventually return to the UK for several additional London shows.

Here’s the capacity for each UK Eras Tour venue.

Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

With three shows in Liverpool, Taylor Swift will help show “incredible things” to more than 150,000 fans.

With a capacity of more than 54,000 thousand each night, it seems unlikely that Liverpool will be able to beat out Edinburgh.

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Eras Tour at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Although Taylor Swift will perform just one show in Wales, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is similar in size to Murrayfield with a capacity of more than 73,000.

As such, enthusiastic Welsh Swifties could also cause the ground to shake.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Irish Swifties will be treated to three nights of the Eras Tour at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The venue can hold More than 52,000 people - but will that be enough to tip the tremor scales?

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Only time will tell, but we’re sure those attending Taylor Swift’s Ireland shows will give it all they’ve got.

Wembley Stadium, London

Taylor Swift’s love affair with London has been well documented and with a whopping eight shows lined up for Wembley – which can hold more than 90,000 people – Swifties here are sure to trigger their seismic activity monitors.

The first three Eras Tour shows in London will take place from June 21-23, with Taylor Swift and Paramore joined by additional support acts Mette, Griff and Benson Boone.

London pub The Black Dog inspired a track on The Tortured Poets Department. London pub The Black Dog inspired a track on The Tortured Poets Department.
London pub The Black Dog inspired a track on The Tortured Poets Department. | Amber Peake/ LondonWorld

After several shows outside of the UK, Swift will return to London for five shows in August before taking a few months off and kicking off the final leg of the Eras Tour in Canada.

It can almost be guaranteed that Taylor Swift’s London shows will inspire earthquake activity - particularly depending on which surprise songs she chooses. London Boy, The Black Dog and So Long, London spring to mind.

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