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Swift goes to Oz, New Zealand

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Taylor Swift, who is spending her summer headlining sold-out stadiums and arenas in North America on The Red Tour, announced today that she is taking the tour overseas later this year to Australia and New Zealand.

Swift will perform stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Australia and an arena date in Auckland, New Zealand in November and December. Swift has been a previous visitor Down Under.

Swift will be the first solo female artist in 20 years to undertake a national stadium tour of Australia, with the last being Madonna's Girlie Show tour in 1993.

Tour dates are:

Nov. 29 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena
Dec. 4 Sydney, Australia Allianz Stadium
Dec. 7 Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium
Dec. 11 Perth, Australia NIB Stadium
Dec. 14 Melbourne, Australia Etihad Stadium

Tickets are priced from $85. Pre-sale tickets will be available via frontiertouring.com/taylorswift from Tuesday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 15 (or prior if the pre-sale allocation is exhausted). Start times are staggered for each city, with local details available on the website. The general public on sale is Tuesday, May 21.

The tour features two multi-level stages, elaborate costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. Swift moves around the venue and uses different stages. The tour has leaned very heavily on "Red" for material.

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