Taylor Swift is to headline Glastonbury 50th anniversary next year, so does she have an obsession with the UK that has got her to this point? The announcement comes after confirmation that Paul McCartney, Aerosmith and Diana Ross would all be on the lineup, but it’s the Swift addition that is dividing opinion. Some are absolutely here for it, while others are now not quite so disappointed that they didn’t manage to get tickets. Glastonbury line-up announcements often spark some heated debate; think back to Jay-Z in 2008, which kicked off much controversy and criticism from the press and public for swerving away from the classic Rock headliner tradition. But whereas Jay-Z managed to prove the haters wrong, we worry for Taylor. Music snobs are in despair at the idea of her pop-tastic ballads closing the Pyramid Stage at the iconic festival, most notably her song London Boy which caused something of a social storm for it’s American-girl-in-London tourist cliches.
There’s a longheld and endearing affinity for Americans loving British culture, and Taylor is well on her way to leading the ranks. From her British boyfriends to her perceived awkward lyrics, these are the hard facts (outside of her headline slot at Glasto) that prove Taylor is on a one woman mission to become an honorary Brit.
Swift isn’t shy about her obvious romantic attraction to British celebrities, having previously dated Harry Styles and Tom Hiddleston. Her current boyfriend is The Favourite actor Joe Alwyn. The Harry Styles liaison inspired a few songs - including ‘Style’, and ‘We are Never Getting Back Together’ and her Tom Hiddleston love affair essentially had him entered into the most famous wet T-shirt competition of all time, when at her 4th July party in 2017 he wore an ‘I heart T.S’ tank top in the sea. Even on Tom, this was not a good look.
In a recent interview with British Vogue, Taylor has a crack at her best cockney slang, in an adorably off accent. ‘Have a kip’ ‘well fit’ and ‘wanker’ are a few of her favourite British phrases, apparently.
In an ode to her boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Swift wrote and recorded the song London Boy, which was released in August. For all those coming to visit London for the first time, ditch your Wallpaper* guide, no need for a bus tour - Taylor’s lyrics for the ultimate city guide are all the tourist tips you need (or don’t, according to the social media backlash). She knows her local stuff though, as per her suggestion you could ‘enjoy nights in Brixton’ and go ‘walking Camden market in the afternoon’ and if you like shopping, it ‘doesn’t have to be Louis V up on Bond Street’, apparently Hackney is the place to be.
In the Victoria’s Secret show glory days, Taylor famously went à la Ginger Spice and wore a Union Jack dress for her performance for the 2013 annual show. If that wasn’t evidence enough for her love of dressing British, she also collaborated with British designer Stella McCartney on a capsule collection Stella x Taylor Swift earlier this year.
As well as hanging out in the pub ‘watching rugby with his [Alwyn’s] school friends’, as per her London Boy confession, Taylor has a strong British friends collective, including Ed Sheeran and Kelly Osbourne.
They say fake it till you make it, and although Swift’s British accent isn’t as authentic as her Tennessee mother tongue, her prime slot at the world’s biggest greenfield festival is as close to making it as you can get. Well done Taylor, we welcome you.
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