Taylor Swift’s concert history in Des Moines
Taylor Swift’s no stranger to the Wells Fargo Arena stage. Oct. 8th’s performance marks her fifth time at the arena — and the fifth time she’s played to a sold-out crowd in Des Moines. Chris Connolly, general manager of the Iowa Events Center, said Swift’s relationship with Wells Fargo Arena comes from working well with Swift's promoter on all aspects of the show, from selling tickets to event management to public relations.
Swift’s career has shifted dramatically since she first appeared as an opener for Keith Urban — let’s take a look at her history of appearances in Des Moines and how she’s gone from a lovable country artist to perennial pop star.
June 27, 2009
Swift’s inaugural visit to the Hawkeye state came with her opening for Australian country hunk Keith Urban. She was supporting her sophomore LP and breakout effort, “Fearless,” which has sold almost 7 million copies, according to Billboard. She played tracks like “Our Song” and “Picture to Burn.” 13,620 people attended the sold out show.
May 6, 2010
Swift returned less than a year later — still touring under “Fearless” — to yet another sold out crowd at Wells Fargo Arena. This time she headlined the arena and brought along guests Gloriana and Kellie Pickler. At this point in her career, Swift had taken the mainstream by storm with the success of “You Belong With Me,” which charted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. 13,264 attended the sold out show.
May 29, 2011
Almost one calendar year after her last visit to the Wells Fargo stage, Swift returned in support of her third record, “Speak Now.” The record received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Needtobreathe and Frankie Ballard opened the festivities. 13,148 attended the sold out show.
August 1, 2013
Completely shed of her country roots and immersed in full-fledged pop stardom, Swift returns to Des Moines supporting her monster cornerstone release, “Red.” Success from the release propelled Swift into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time with the single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She played 16 songs on this visit, including teaming up with opener Ed Sheeran — who found mainstream success after opening for Swift, partly due to his single “Thinking Out Loud” — on the song “Everything Has Changed.” 13,368 attended the sold out show.
October 8, 2015
Swift returns to Des Moines riding a wave of unprecedented pop success following the release of her fifth studio record, “1989.” The record’s shown remarkable sales, with nearly 1.3 million copies moved in its opening week.
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It was also the fastest record to reach 5 million copies sold since 2004. Her video for “Blank Space” was the fastest video to reach 1 billion views on Vevo. Come on, even Ryan Adams covered “1989” in its entirety. It’s safe to say Swift’s the biggest pop star coming to Des Moines this year.
More info on the "1989" World Tour
Parking: Parking for the show is available at the Iowa Events Center lots for a $7 fee. These lots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Other parking around downtown will be open through the various garages and on-street options.
Cost: The Iowa Events Center is out of inventory for this show, but tickets are available on StubHub starting at about $210.
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. and show opener Vance Joy takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Traffic: Arrive early to avoid congestion on I-235 and the streets around Wells Fargo Arena. With doors opening at 6 p.m., a safe plan would be to arrive an hour before at the latest.