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Taylor Swift wows her biggest concert ever

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Taylor Swift fans gather around MSG for her first concert in Australia. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan

Taylor Swift has wowed her first concert of her Australian Eras tour – and the Melbourne crowd may be the biggest she has ever performed before.

Swift hit the stage just after 7pm to start the show before about 96,000 fans, with the words: “My name is Taylor and I’ll be your host this evening.”

Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour - Melbourne, Australia
Taylor Swift stunned the sell-out crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. (Photo by Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)
Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour - Melbourne, Australia
Taylor Swift stunned the crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for her first concert of the Eras tour. (Photo by Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)
Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour - Melbourne, Australia
Taylor Swift performed before the biggest crowd of her career at the MCG. (Photo by Graham Denholm/TAS24/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management)

“Losing my mind at there being 96,000 people here. This is the biggest show that we’ve ever done. I’m fully starstruck by the fact so many people wanted to hang out with us on a Friday night in Melbourne!”

Thousands of Taylor Swift fans had lined up early on Friday afternoon ahead of Taylor Swift’s first Australian Eras Tour concert.

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There were already lines an hour before the gates opened. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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Fans were dressed to impress as they made their way to the MCG. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan

There were a few screams heard as the gates finally opened.

Dressed in sequins, feathers and cowboy boots, fans flooded into the stadium to pose for photos before dinsing their seats.

Many fans were seen adorned with dozens of friendship bracelets ready to trade as soon as they got into the stadium.

The music kicked off at 6.20pm with opening act Sabrina Capenter taking the stage before Taylor stepped out in her sequins.

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Sapphire offers free hugs. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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There were many bracelets on hand ready to trade. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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Fan wrote Taylor’s favourite number on their hands. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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Fans make their way to the MCG. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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There were plenty of cowgirls hats. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan
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These girls were ready for a fun night. Picture : NCA NewsWire / Valeriu Campan

Those who couldn’t get one of the most sought after tickets of the year, hung out outside the MCG hoping to hear a little of the concert of the year.

Taylor Swift Fans Descend On Melbourne Cricket Ground
"Swifties" without tickets try to get a glimpse of the concert outside the MCG. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
Taylor Swift Fans Descend On Melbourne Cricket Ground
Fans without tickets tried their best to hear the concert outside the stadium. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

More than a thousand fans swarmed the merchandise tents outside the MCG about an hour before the gates opened.

Anticipation is high ahead of the first show, with many left wondering what the surprise songs will be.

Taylor performs two surprise acoustic songs at each concert, giving fans something different each night.

A small crowd has already gathered along the grassed areas near the stadium where ticketless fans are expected settle in to take in Swift’s performance.

Taylor will perform in Melbourne on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by Sydney on February 23-26.