Watching an idol’s show in person is a dream come true for many Brazilian fans, especially an international artist. Even with a robust organization, many factors can mean that an event may not go as smoothly as imagined. On the weekend of Taylor Swift’s visit to Rio, the troubles that many people went through to see the singer up close gained prominence.
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The heat wave that Brazil has experienced in recent days has not only raised temperatures, but also increased the test of the public’s patience. On days with more than 40°C, the hot hours made many feel fatigued and tired before the show even took place.
Already in line, many fans had to bear the sun on their heads just to get the best seat at the performance. Already during the first day of the show, the audience became thirsty and even shouted for “water” to Taylor. In a video that went viral on social media, the singer even threw a bottle of water at someone to hydrate themselves.
In a tragic moment, a fan of the artist, Ana Clara Benevides, aged 23, died after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest at the beginning of the performance. The causes of death are being investigated by the Rio Civil Police.
In high temperatures on the first day of the show, it was not possible for the public to enter Engenhão, the stadium where the events take place, with water.
Problem with public transport at Taylor Swift concert
Another problem noticed by the singer’s fans who went to the stadium was the lack of public transport in the region. With the shortage of buses, the high price of the car app and the lack of subway in the Engenhão area, the most viable alternative is to go by train.
The taxis available charge at the ‘shot’, that is: a price much higher than that charged if using the meter, which, in this case, is turned off. In some cases, the amount charged for the journey can increase fivefold depending on demand. When leaving events, the race from Engenhão to Copacabana can cost up to R$500, when the common price would be around R$100.
Some reports from the public present at the stadium last Saturday (18) were that they were shocked right after the announcement of the postponement of the show due to the heat. Upon being informed that Taylor would not perform that night, many caused a commotion outside Engenhão and some fans reported cases of theft around the stadium.
It is worth remembering that the American artist is still performing this Sunday (19) and Monday (20), as Saturday’s show was postponed until that day.