By Katelyn Marano
Taylor Swift fans everywhere have been in an uproar since the singer announced her next concert series, but with so many fans left ticketless, Sacramento’s Ace of Spades is hosting its own Taylor Party on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
The event comes on the heels of some drama: In less than a day, more than two million tickets across the world were sold for the artist’s concerts. Many fans were left without tickets due to repeated website crashes and long line queues.
“The site crashed on the day I was supposed to get in the queue and so I didn’t enter the queue until that afternoon,” said Sacramento fan Kristina Leones, “and I was in it for about three to four hours.”
Ticketmaster kept breaking down and left fans whirling as tickets sold fast and concert dates were limited. To ease the broken hearts in Sacramento, Ace of Spades is hosting its own concert. This event for fans 18-and-up will be about gathering and dancing the night away to Swift songs from all eras.
“I’ve been a fan since 2010,” noted 18-year-old Jordan Bandy. “My favorite era is 1989 because of the song Blank Space.”
Although Taylor Swift won’t be at Ace of Spades, the presence of her music there is expected to bring fans together.
“We wanted to create a safe space where Swifties can come together to celebrate Taylor,” said Steve Soboslai, who co-founded “Taylor Party,” and helped bring it to venues across America. “This is a very nice and kind group of people, which makes it extra wonderful and fulfilling to be a part of it.”
Ace of Spades hosted a previous Taylor night on Dec. 17, when Swift’s new album, “Midnights,” first released.
“The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming, but still loud and energetic – in many ways it felt like a club that only played Taylor Swift music,” reflected Briasia Smith.
Ace of Spades’s previous Taylor night was a sold-out event. Tickets sold quick and fast, Smith acknowledged. “It was a blast,” the fan continued. “She’s a great artist and an artist that my friends and I share in common. The fact that I knew all the songs and everyone there is just having fun and singing makes it even better.”
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Ace of Spades is located at 1417 R Street in Sacramento.