Taylor Swift: The 1975 performance explained, did she sing Anti Hero, is she on tour in 2023?

Matt Healy and co were headlining the first of two back-to-back shows at the venue

Fans were left completely shocked after Taylor Swift joined The 1975 on stage at The O2 in London.

The global pop superstar performed Anti-Hero from her latest album Midnights on Thursday (12 January) for the “first time”. She also performed one of the band’s own tracks - The City.

One fan wrote on social media: “So happy for the people at the 1975 concert seeing for the first time Taylor Swift performing anti-hero!”. Another shared live footage from the concert and added: “No way did the 1975 just bring out Taylor Swift.”

The 1975 are currently in the middle of the UK leg of the At Their Best Tour. It began last Sunday (8 January) at Brighton and includes two back-to-back shows at The O2 arena on Thursday and Friday (13 January).

Here is all you need to know:

Did Taylor Swift join The 1975 on stage?

Fans attending the At Their Best Tour concert at The O2 on Thursday rushed to share social media to share footage of the Blank Space singer on stage. Taylor Swift performed her track Anti-Hero from Midnights live for the first time.

She came out on stage between Act I and Act II of the concert - it is split between a full play through of The 1975’s fifth album Being Funny in Foreign Languages and a set of greatest hits. The UK’s Official Charts account shared footage of Taylor Swift performing Anti-Hero at The O2.

Did any other celebrities attend The 1975 concert?

Taylor Swift was not the only face at The O2 on Thursday night, with Harry Styles and Phoebe Bridgers also spotted at the gig. The latter made a surprise appearance at The 1975 show in Los Angelese in late 2022, performing the track Milk.

Taylor Swift performs onstage during Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

What did The 1975 say about Taylor Swift?

Matt Healy, the frontman for the British band, has been filmed kissing and even sucking the thumb of fans during the first three shows of the UK tour this week. However he toned down the antics for The O2 on Thursday.

He told the crowd: “I’m not kissing anyone in front of Taylor Swift. In front of the queen? Have some respect.”

Is Taylor Swift on tour in 2023?

The pop superstar has announced the Eras Tour starting in March. It will begin in Glendale, Arizona and end in Inglewood California on 9 August, with only United States dates announced so far.

Dates for UK and Europe have not been announced currently. The support for the Eras Tour will be a mixture of: Paramore, Gayle, Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Beabadoobee, Girl in Red, Muna, Gracie Abrams, Owenn.

What was the setlist for The O2?

Taylor Swift is confirmed to have performed Anti-Hero live for the first time during her appearance on stage, as well as covering The 1975’s track The City. She appeared on stage during the break between Act I and Act II, but what songs did the band play during those sets? Here is the setlist, according to Setlist.fm:

Act One

  • The 1975 (Being Funny in a Foreign Language)
  • Looking for Somebody (to Love)
  • Happiness
  • Part of the Band
  • Oh Caroline
  • I’m in Love With You
  • All I Need to Hear
  • Lonely This Christmas (Mud cover)
  • Wintering
  • fallingforyou
  • Sincerity Is Scary
  • About You
  • When We Are Together

Act Two

  • If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)
  • Heart Out
  • It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)
  • A Change of Heart (audience vote)
  • An Encounter
  • Robbers
  • Somebody Else
  • I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
  • Love It If We Made It
  • The Sound
  • Sex
  • Give Yourself a Try

Can you get tickets for second The 1975 show at The O2?

Ticketmaster is selling tickets for The 1975’s At Their Best tour. Initial public sale began in September last year.

If you are wanting to attend The O2 but don’t have a ticket yet, Ticketmaster’s website shows “limited availability” for the concerts on Thursday and Friday. The pages for both of the O2 shows say there are “no tickets available” for either of 12 January or 13 January.

For the rest of The 1975’s tour, the dates on Ticketmaster show either “low” or “limited” availability. Check the company’s website for the latest information.