US television’s ABC network have announced that it will air the brand-new one-hour concert special Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert on 17 May at 10 pm following the season finale of American Idol.
The City Of Lover special – which will be available the next day on-demand on Hulu and Disney+ – was filmed in September at the L’Olympia Theater in Paris. Fans will see Swift performing songs from her Lover album in front of an intimate crowd of Swifties from 37 countries who travelled to the City of Love for the unique live experience. You can see a brief trailer below.
“Excited to announce the City of Lover Concert!” Swift wrote on Twitter. “We filmed my show in Paris in September and thought it’d be fun to share it with you.”
“The musical event gives fans unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments with the artist and marks her only concert performance this year, after her Lover Fest tour was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a statement announcing the TV event.
“We can’t wait to take viewers on a musical journey from the City of Love. While we are all home, Taylor Swift and her family of fans will be able to have a moment together and experience a never-before-seen, intimate performance, and we are so thrilled to be able to offer this to our own family of viewers on ABC,” said Eric Avram, vice president, Talent and Booking at ABC Entertainment.
Swift’s Parisian extravaganza received widespread acclaim. The NME review said: “The lyrics to each song – even those that have only been out a few weeks – are bellowed back to the singer, and revellers hush one another while Swift is talking so they can hear her better. Other personal touches include a ginormous screen showing messages that fans had written, and LED wristbands that flicker and flash in sync to the music.”
The City Of Lover news comes after Swift was forced to cancel all of her planned live events this year in support of Lover due to the coronavirus outbreak. This included her scheduled headline performance at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival.