Tortured Parents Department: Inside Taylor Swift class for 'non-Swifties'

For those who wouldn't know Matty Healy from Jake Gyllenhaal, Glasgow Clyde College held a crash course in Swiftie-isms.

She’s the world’s biggest superstar and this summer, Edinburgh will play host to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour for three whole nights.

It’s her first appearance in Scotland since 2016, and around 215,000 people are set to descend on the capital’s Murrayfield Stadium for the musical extravaganza.

Among them will be chaperones, who are only aware of Swift’s music through their partners, siblings, children, or grandchildren.

So for those who wouldn’t know Fearless from Folklore, or Matty Healy from Jake Gyllenhaal, Glasgow Clyde College put on a crash course in Swiftie-isms on Tuesday night.

Taylor Swift masterclass at Glasgow Clyde College.STV News

“Because she has such a diverse catalogue, she does have something to offer a very wide range of people,” the college’s Swiftie expert, Carla McCormack told STV News.

“So even if people aren’t passive Swifties, they want to be there – they want to see it and experience it for themselves.

“People who have come along to the class tonight, hopefully they’ve learnt something and left feeling a bit more excited and really ready for the tour.”

Swiftie expert Carla McCormack shared her top tips with the class. STV News

Around 30 people attended the course at the college’s Langside Campus, and picked up some top tips on how to survive the three-hour extravaganza – from set lists and keeping up with the infamous Eras tour crowd chants, to outfit inspiration.

A specialist make-up artist showed attendees how to achieve some of Swift’s most iconic looks – including the bright red lip she’s known for.

Attendees were given a make up demo on how to achieve the iconic Taylor Swift red lip. STV News

Ms McCormack also delivered an extensive lecture on Swift’s love life, and how each fling, break up and controversial relationship informed each one of her ‘Eras’.

One attendee said their main takeaway from the masterclass was that Swift “has a lot of drama”.

While another, who will be chaperoning four children to a concert this June, said he felt the masterclass was “about getting the full value – because you’re going to an experience, and [Swiftie knowledge] will enhance that”.

The class was attended by non-Swifties chaperoning this June. STV News

Robert Anderson, curriculum assistant principal at Glasgow Clyde College previously said: “Taylor mania doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon, and we expect it’ll reach its peak here in Scotland in June.

“We understand that not everyone will be up to speed on all things Taylor and might not get the full Eras experience. 

“That’s why we created this course – to prepare those who’ll be heading along to the gig with their superfan kids, friends or partners to ensure they have just as memorable a time. Taylor’s gigs are known for being so well crafted, and unless you’re a fan yourself, you might miss some of the iconic moments.

“Our expert will take you through everything you need to know – leaving you a Swiftie in no time.”

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