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I’d Follow You to Any Place: Traveling For Concerts

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at NCSU chapter.

One thing about us is that we will travel for a concert. We have been friends since preschool and have gone to many concerts together, in and out of town. We always go with our moms and make it a whole affair which truly elevates the experience. Now although we go to most concerts together, there are some that we travel for without one another, but will include them in this list anyways.

To us, concerts are more than just one night. Meticulous planning goes into the outfits, where we are going, if we are traveling, etc. We are not spontaneous when it comes to going to concerts. Signs are made, outfits are bedazzled, and we become the most extra versions of ourselves that we can be. Adding the travel aspect to a concert makes it so much better. You are able to get ready in a new place, experience a new arena, and potentially a new city. Without further ado, here is a timeline of all of the concerts that we have traveled to, and our ratings. (For reference, we are both from Charlotte, NC).

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Pink is Cameron’s Review

Purple is Ava’s Review

Harry Styles: Live on Tour in New York, NY (6/21/18)


I unfortunately was not in attendance for this show.

Rating: 10/10

Harry Styles: Live on Tour was the first time I had ever traveled for a concert. I have family in New Jersey who is not too far from Madison Square Garden, so my mom and I were able to make this show work (even though I didn’t believe we were actually going until we finally walked into MSG). The only traveling we did for this was from my grandparents house to MSG, which was a bit stressful for my mom and I to figure out after seeing Harry Styles for the first time in real life, but it was definitely a night to remember. Hearing “Medicine,” “Anna,” “If I Could Fly” and “Stockholm Syndrome” live is something I will genuinely never forget as a long time Harry Styles and One Direction fan, which made this show so special, on top of the fact that it was Harry’s first time performing to a sold-out MSG on his own.

Taylor Swift: reputation Stadium Tour in Atlanta, GA (8/11/18)

Rating: 10000/10

This concert was one of the best—if not the best—concerts I have ever attended. I had seen Taylor during her 1989 tour, but this was so different. We drove to Atlanta on the day of the show and got ready in the hotel. Our seats were on row 12 of the floor (a very last-minute upgrade that was so worth it), and the entire night was perfect. We screamed and danced and maybe even shed a tear or two.

Rating: 100/10

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour was hands down one of the best shows I’ve seen so far. She puts on a full production each night that makes the show unforgettable. Even if you aren’t a huge fan chances are you will appreciate the amount of effort put into the production. Traveling to Atlanta for this with my mom was so fun, we got there the day before the concert and I swear we could hear the show the night before from the restaurant we ate at. Just as Cameron mentioned, we upgraded our seats a few days before the show, which was more than worth it. We were closer to Taylor Swift than I ever imagined I’d be.

Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour in Raleigh, NC (8/14/19)

Rating: 9/10

I have always been a huge Jonas Brothers fan but was never able to see them during their Disney Channel days. So when they got back together, I knew I had to go. We were able to get barricade tickets and were able to give them all high-fives which was a crazy cool experience. The performance, however, was not the best and there were a lot of technical difficulties, which is why I knocked down my rating from a perfect ten.

Rating: 6/10

I loved the Jonas Brothers as a kid; they were on my favorite Disney Channel show and they were my very first concert when I was six-years-old. Their release of new music after a prolonged hiatus was super exciting and nostalgic, but definitely not my favorite show I’ve been to. We did have seats right up against the barricade and I was able to high five Joe Jonas, but other than that, the show was just alright, nothing spectacular.

Harry Styles: Love on Tour in Raleigh, NC (10/12/21)

Rating: 10/10

Now, I technically did not have to travel for this concert, but I am including it because when I bought the tickets, I initially was going to have to. These tickets were purchased before the COVID-19 pandemic when we were still in high school. When the dates were rescheduled, they were scheduled during the fall of our freshmen year of college, and we just so happened to go to a school in the same city, so everything worked out. The show was everything I had hoped for and more, and it was so worth the year’s wait. AND he wore pink, which was a major plus.

Rating: 10/10

I technically didn’t have to travel for this show, it was only a few minutes from NC State’s campus. The show was well worth the two year wait; he performed all my favorite songs and wore my favorite color.

Harry Styles: Love on Tour in New York, NY (10/31/21)

I was also not in attendance for this one, but was live-streaming it, if that counts?

Rating: 100/10

Night one of Harryween in 2021 was my second concert at MSG. My mom surprised me with tickets a few weeks before, so I had to scramble to find a costume (I ended up as Juilet from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 rendition of Romeo + Juliet). Just like when I saw Harry in 2018, we went straight from my grandparents house to MSG. Styles dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as well as his own hit “To Be So Lonely.” Just as I keep saying, the show was truly unforgettable and is something I think about at least once a week.

Tame Impala: The Slow Rush Tour in Wilmington, NC (5/24/22)

Rating: 10/10

I traveled to Wilmington with one of my closest friends to see Tame Impala. Not only had I never been to Wilmington, but it was also my first time seeing Tame Impala and the entire trip was a great experience! The arena was outside and waterfront which made it seem like a mini beach vacation rolled into the concert. The confetti and the lights were blinding in the best way, and I definitely would go see him again.

Harry Styles: Love on Tour in London, UK (6/18/22 & 6/19/22)

Never been more jealous of Ava in my entire life than I was over these two days, but I was in Vegas so I don’t have too much to complain about.

Rating: 1000/10

I still cannot believe I was able to find my way to both of Harry Styles’ shows at Wembley Stadium. Navigating public transportation to and from the stadium was super easy for my family and I to figure out. The only problem was the hour-long wait for a train after the show while standing in a crowd with thousands of people in the rain. Despite the transportation, the actual shows were amazing. We spent the week in London and went to a bunch of museums and monuments which was super fun. I went with my family during the first show and just my mom on the second night, both of which were totally different experiences I will never forget. Witnessing another milestone performance for Styles, performing to a sold-out Wembley Stadium for the first time in his solo career was a moment I will truly never forget. Watching the fireworks over the stadium while he played “Sign of the Times” in the rain was more magical than Christmas morning as a kid and made me shed a couple tears.

Harry Styles: Love on Tour in New York, NY (8/26/22)

Rating: 1000000000000/10

THIS WAS THE BEST CONCERT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. It was the first week of sophomore year and I really do not know how we pulled this concert off. We flew to New York at the end of our first week of classes and had the best trip ever. We visited the Met, and Rockefeller Center, and even did a little shopping. We then somehow ended up at the BARRICADE for the show and when I tell you, he was three feet away from us, I am not kidding. He made eye contact with us multiple time and it instantly became a part of my personality for months to follow.

Rating: 1000/10

Hands down the best Harry Styles show that I’ve been to. We traveled to New York City after the first week of classes and did so many fun things in the short amount of time we had in the city. Despite seeing Harry at MSG twice before this, I’ve never actually stayed in New York City, so being able to visit the Met and walk around on top of seeing Harry was so fun. The actual show was insane; at some point of the show we found our way to the barricade, a mere couple of feet away from Harry Styles himself. The videos I took don’t do it justice, there were multiple instances where I swear I was making eye contact with him.

Taylor Swift: Eras Tour in Nashville, TN (5/7/23)

Now this concert has not happened yet, but we are over the moon excited that were able to nab tickets to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Nashville! We have never been to Nashville before and are already planning everything down to a T to make the trip as fantastic as possible!

I have never been more excited for a concert than I am to see Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour. After watching clips from the first night of tour, I can confidently say that this will for sure become my favorite live show ever. Gracie Abrams and Phoebe Bridgers, my two favorite artists after Taylor and Harry, are opening the show in Nashville when we go, so I’m super excited. I’ve never been to Nashville before but I just know that this trip will be one to remember.

Harry Styles: Love on Tour in London, UK (Some date in June)

This is another concert that has not happened yet and one that needs more planning put into it, but we are both studying abroad in London this summer and the dates just so happen to coincide with Harry’s never-ending Love on Tour, and I have no doubts that we will be in attendance for at least one of the five nights that he is there.

I am also studying abroad in London this summer and for sure plan on finding my way to another Harry show while I’m over there, just like this past summer. Seeing Harry Styles at Wembley was a life changing experience, so I will definitely take advantage of the fact that I will be in London during his tour.

Cameron Crews is the president of Her Campus at NC State. She is responsible for publishing all articles, leading meetings, encouraging all staff, and overseeing the entire chapter. This is her third year on Her Campus and her second year as President. Outside of Her Campus, Cameron was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s yearbook, which she helped lead to being awarded the best book in the entire state and honored at Columbia University’s scholastic journalism awards. She worked as an intern at Southpark Magazine in Charlotte, NC, where she edited articles, conducted interviews, and assisted the editors. In the Summer of 2023, she attended Regents University in London, England, where she took fashion classes from high players in the fashion industry who have worked with the likes of Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano, and more. She also had the opportunity to interview Brendan Fraser immediately after he won his “Best Actor” Oscar at the 2023 Academy Awards. She is a junior at NC State University majoring in Communications with a minor in Journalism. After graduation, she hopes to move to New York, LA, Paris, or London and work in the fashion industry as either a fashion editor or celebrity stylist. Cameron was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, with her younger brother and dog, George Bailey. She enjoys shopping, watching movies, listening to music, writing, hanging out with friends, and traveling in her free time. She is a huge Taylor Swift and Harry Styles fan and has seen them both in concert multiple times. She is also a huge Timothee Chalamet aficionado and is a huge movie fan–with some of her favorites being Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Barbie, Lady Bird, the Breakfast Club, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Ava Stewart is the current Vice President of Her Campus at North Carolina State University. She loves to write about all things pop culture for the site, especially music. She is a true fangirl at heart which is heavily reflected through her writing. In addition to writing and publishing articles, she is in charge of overseeing the entire chapter and ensuring it runs smoothly. This is her third year as a member of Her Campus and second year serving as Vice President. She is currently a junior studying communication media studies, journalism and English at NCSU. In the summer of 2023, she briefly lived in London, England, taking literature and film classes to expand her background in reading and writing. She would love to go back to London after graduation. Ava was raised in Waxhaw, North Carolina, a town just outside of Charlotte. When she’s not writing for Her Campus, Ava loves listening to music, spending time with friends and traveling for concerts. She is a Harry Styles and Taylor Swift superfan and loves to find some way to incorporate the two of them in everything that she does. Her favorite Taylor Swift era is 1989 and she cannot live a day without listening to it.