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Taylor Swift is one of pop's biggest superstars, and has a rake of security on her team whose sole job is to protect the Reputation songstress.

Her tour has attracted millions of people, and after the attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester last year, the use of facial recognition technology is on the rise at stadiums and areas.

It has now emerged that Tay Tay uses special software to detect stalkers at her ground-breaking shows, and that fans who were mesmerised by her May 18 Rose Bowl rehearsal clips were unaware of this detail.

The Rose Bowl is an annual college football event, and used hidden cameras to capture images of guests in order to transfer them to a command post based in Nashville.

These snaps were later cross-referenced with a database of the musician's well-known stalkers, of which there are HUNDREDS.

According to chief security officer of Oak View Group, the advisory board for concert venues; “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” 


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A man who had broken into Swift's New York townhouse and stopped by for an actual NAP made a plea deal last week and as a result, he will only serve a mere six months in prison.

The stalker, full name Roger Alvarado, gained entry when he  “allegedly climbed up a ladder and smashed a window with his hand”

While Taylor needs to make sure she is safe at all times, whether in concert or in her home, there are clear privacy concerns of the photographs.

Issues of ownership and the length of time for which they can be kept on file are the obvious queries…we wonder if Taylor ever has a sneaky peak at them? 

More and more arenas and stadiums are turning to facial-recognition technology; this year, Ticketmaster invested in a start-up named Blink Identity.

This company claims that its sensors can identify anyone walking past its cameras at full speed in just half a second… whoa.

The veteran ticketing corporation intends to use the technology to help fans pass through the turnstiles faster and in a more practical way.

Ticketmaster’s chief product officer Justin Burleigh commented that: "It holds a lot of promise. We’re just being very careful about where and how we implement it."

We want our snake-obsessed icon to be safe, but does anyone else think it's a tad 1984


If you're lucky enough to be going to the T Swift gigs on Friday or Saturday, there are a few things you need to know before you put on your red lipstick and head to Croker.

First off, doors are at 5:45pm, Charlie XCX goes on at 6:30pm, and she's followed by Camilla Cabello at 7:15pm (though these times may change slightly because of increased security measures).

Attendees are advised to arrive with plenty of time to spare, and no later than 8pm. You'll need to extra time to go through the security check before all the acts start. No queueing is allowed before the gates open since it could disrupt the residents in the neighbourhood. 

And sorry to all of you backpack fans – rucksacks and large handbags should be left at home. There are also no cloakroom or storage facilities available at the site, and bags can't be left at entrances or surrounding areas.

Security checks will be going on, so those who come with backpacks or large bags in tow may be refused entry or experience a bit of a delay. It's recommended that your bag is about A5 size (or 5.8 by 8.3 inches). Everything will be subject to a search.

Don't forget that it's an outdoor event, so come prepped for the weather but leave your umbrella at home as they're not allowed.

Objects that are also forbidden include:

  • Glass or cans
  • Alcohol
  • Garden furniture
  • Selfie sticks
  • Flares
  • Professional cameras
  • Cameras with a detachable lens
  • Video cameras
  • Audio recording devices
  • iPads
  • GoPros

For the full list of prohibited items, you can check here.

Kids under five aren't permitted as the promoter says large outdoor concerts aren't a suitable environment for them.

Under 14s aren't allowed in the pitch standing area, and under 16s must have a parent or guardian with them at all times wherever they are.

The promoters and An Garda Síochána can refuse admission to anyone under the influence of alcohol.

Re-admissions are not allowed, so be sure that if you leave the concert you're really ready to go.

And though we get wanting to beat the traffic, it's requested that concert-goers not rush to the exits after Taylor is done dazzling them.

Speaking of traffic, it's recommended that you give yourself an extra two hours travelling time getting both to and from the event.

Fans are all encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transit to the venue (but if you must drive, please carpool).

Irish Rail will operate additional services on both nights, including a Dublin Heuston to Galway train at 12:30am and other trains to be confirmed. You can check on additional services at their website.

If you're looking for more info on the event (including approach routes), check out the public notice here. You can also email customercare@mcd.ie if you have any remaining questions.

So stay safe, leave the tote bag at home, and enjoy yourself!