Taylor Swift is returning to Tiger Stadium. The music superstar headlined opening night of Bayou Country Superfest’s inaugural Memorial Day weekend in Baton Rouge in 2010.
Superfest announced Swift’s May 22 appearance Monday, concurrently with the singer’s “1989” world tour announcement on “Good Morning America.” The tour will cover eight countries on four continents.
Swift’s concert will precede the two-day Superfest on May 23-24.
Single-day Taylor Swift tickets and Saturday-Sunday only Superfest packages go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 13. Tickets will be available at AXS.com or by calling AXS at (888) 611-8184.
Swift fans who become Superfest’s Facebook fans can participate in the festival’s ticket presale opportunity. More information is available at BayouCountrySuperfest.com.
Swift’s tour announcement follows last week’s release of her fifth studio album, “1989.”
The singer-songwriter’s new album and recent move from Nashville to New York marks her shift from country to pop music.
The album “1989” has already sold 1 million copies. Swift is the only recording artist who’s achieved 1 million-plus sales of an album three times in its first week of release.
Following the “1989” tour’s opening night at the CenturyLink Center Bossier City on May 20, Baton Rouge is the tour’s second stop and first stadium show.
During her 2010 appearance at Superfest, the awestruck Swift gazed into the mass of people in Tiger Stadium stands and on the field.
“I’m Taylor,” she said. “This is the very first time in my life I have ever headlined a stadium.”
The first Superfest, featuring headliners Swift and Kenny Chesney, still ranks as its biggest two-day event.
Quint Davis, producer-director of Superfest and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, sees the star’s Superfest return as a full circle event for her and the festival.
“This festival was born six years ago with Taylor Swift,” Davis said Monday. “Her first time headlining a stadium, we sold 45,000 tickets. So this one being her first stadium show of the new ‘1989’ tour, I expect it to be like one of our Bruce (Springsteen) shows at Jazz Fest. It’s a special connection for her, a special history for her.”
Davis doesn’t see the inclusion of Swift, newly launched as a pop music act, as a retreat from Superfest’s roots. Country music’s biggest stars, he said, many of whom have performed at Superfest, already broadened the genre with infusions of pop, rock, rhythm-and-blues, rap and hip-hop.
“We’re just going for the ride,” Davis said. “Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, they’re crossing over everywhere. Jason Aldean ends his show with ‘She’s Country,’ one of his biggest hits, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin. So we’re a country festival, we’ll be a country festival, and we’ll get the biggest country stars.”
Editor’s note: This story was edited on Nov. 5, 2014, to clarify that the Taylor Swift concert is not part of Bayou Country Superfest.