Taylor Swift Kicks Off Pride Month with Rainy Eras Tour Performance in Lyon

Taylor Swift performs in rain at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, celebrating Pride Month with fans.

Taylor Swift performs "You Need to Calm Down" at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN SHEARER/TAS24/GETTY)
Taylor Swift performs “You Need to Calm Down” at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN SHEARER/TAS24/GETTY)

Taylor Swift celebrated the beginning of Pride Month in France with a vibrant performance during her Eras Tour, despite facing some rain.

On June 2, the 34-year-old singer performed at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, marking her first show of the month. Swift took the opportunity to wish her audience a happy Pride Month while performing her 2019 hit “You Need to Calm Down,” a song dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community.

Happy Pride Month, Lyon,” Swift exclaimed, addressing the enthusiastic crowd. The stage was adorned with rainbow lights and decorations, creating a festive atmosphere as fans waved their hands in rhythm with the music.

The song “You Need to Calm Down” is known for its celebration of LGBTQ+ pride, featuring various queer celebrities in its music video, including the Queer Eye cast, internet personality Hannah Hart, model Dexter Mayfield, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, and singer Todrick Hall.

The weather added an extra layer of symbolism to the performance. Swift was met with heavy rain during her set, prompting her to acknowledge the downpour with the phrase “pluie, rain” (with “pluie” being French for “rain”).

Despite the wet conditions, the show continued with the singer’s band playing from underneath tents and VIP areas being shielded by covers. Fans braved the rain in ponchos, showing their dedication and excitement.

Taylor Swift performs at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN SHEARER/TAS24/GETTY)
Taylor Swift performs at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN SHEARER/TAS24/GETTY)

Swift addressed the rain during her performance of “Champagne Problems,” telling the audience, “We have officially had a rain show tonight and that is set. That is permanent. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t rain again.” This statement reflected her commitment to the performance, rain or shine.

True to her Eras Tour tradition, Swift introduced two surprise songs during the show. She sat at her piano to perform a mix of “The Prophecy” from her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, and “Long Story Short” from her 2020 album, evermore.

Later, she performed a mash-up of “You’re on Your Own Kid” from her 2022 album, Midnights, and “Fifteen” from her 2010 album, Speak Now. These surprise performances have become a beloved feature of her Eras Tour, keeping fans eagerly anticipating each show.

While Swift’s boyfriend, Super Bowl-winning NFL player Travis Kelce, has been visiting her during the European leg of the tour, he was not present at the Lyon show.

Instead, Kelce attended the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, a fundraising event featuring notable personalities like Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, and Patrick Mahomes.

During the event, Sudeikis humorously asked Kelce in a skit when he would “make an honest woman” out of Swift, eliciting laughter and cheers from the audience. Kelce did not provide a direct response to the question.

Taylor Swift performs in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JEFF PACHOUD/AFP VIA GETTY)
Taylor Swift performs in Lyon, France, on June 2, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JEFF PACHOUD/AFP VIA GETTY)

Swift’s Eras Tour continues to be a major success, with her performance in Lyon being one of many highlights. The rain added a unique element to the show, but Swift’s dedication and the audience’s enthusiasm ensured that it was a memorable night for all.

The tour is set to continue with another performance in Lyon before moving on to Edinburgh, Scotland, for a three-night run.

Throughout her career, Swift has been a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, using her platform to advocate for equality and inclusion.

Her song “You Need to Calm Down” is a testament to this commitment, and her celebration of Pride Month in Lyon further underscores her support.

The Lyon show also showcased Swift’s ability to connect with her audience through both her music and her interactions. By acknowledging the rain and continuing to deliver an engaging performance, she demonstrated her professionalism and dedication to her fans.

The use of rainbow lights and decor during “You Need to Calm Down” added a visual element that resonated with the message of the song and the spirit of Pride Month.

As Swift continues her tour, fans can look forward to more surprise songs and memorable performances. Her ability to adapt to unexpected circumstances, like the rain in Lyon, and still deliver a captivating show is a testament to her talent and resilience as an artist.

The Eras Tour is set to be one of the most talked-about tours of the year, with each performance bringing something new and exciting for fans around the world.

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