Edinburgh Taylor Swift fans wait outside Murrayfield as convoy leaves with police escort


Taylor Swift kicked off the first of her three-night stint performing at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on Friday and the concert had a bit of everything.

From setting a new Scottish attendance record, to an engagement in the crowd during her performance, fans who waited months and forked out hundreds to witness their idol live were not left disappointed.

More than 70,000 fans are said to have filled the stadium in the west of the capital, with thousands more flocking to local parks and sitting outside just to say they were there when Taylor came to town.

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As is the case with a global superstar like Taylor, her followers will go to extreme lengths to catch a glimpse of her - even when the show is over and people are queuing for the bus or train home.

After darkness fell and night one ended on Friday, a huge crowd gathered at the back entrance to Murrayfield in the hope of capturing footage of Taylor leaving the stadium and returning to her accommodation for the night.

Fans reportedly got what they were hoping for as a convoy of BMW SUVs were seen leaving the stadium with a police escort after the show - with many believing Taylor herself was a passenger in one of the vehicles, given the heightened security.

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The plush motors were seen leaving the stadium after the show finished. -Credit:Blair Cameron

A minibus full of passengers also followed the convoy as stewards were spotted asking people to remain on the pavement. A short clip shows dozens of people standing to watch the convoy pass them, hoping to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

Unfortunately for them, all of the vehicle's windows were tinted but it didn't stop many waving and cheering in the hope that if they could not see Taylor, Taylor could see them.

Another 70,000+ fans are set to descend on the stadium for night two of her Eras tour at Murrayfield on Saturday night as scores of fans were pictures leaving the stadium on Friday night to catch the last train or bus home.

One fan from Fife described the scenes as 'chaotic' and was forced to fork out £75 for an Uber home after the show. ScotRail has issued advice to those using its services to and from the capital, with extra seats and carriages being provided.

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Additional late-night services will also operate from Edinburgh to Glasgow, Dundee, Dunblane, and Perth, with The Last Time a service will depart Edinburgh for Glasgow Queen Street at 00.12.

The rail provider added: "Haymarket station is also expected to be much busier than usual with concert goers using the station, particularly after the event. Fans should allow additional time for travel, particularly due to limited access at the station caused by the ongoing redevelopment of an adjacent building.

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"The building work has restricted access to Haymarket and reduced the capacity within the station by half." Full travel advice can be found on the ScotRail website here

Edinburgh Trams is also following suit by putting on more services and extending the last to depart towards the airport from Murrayfield to 2.22am. The last tram heading in the opposite direction to Newhaven will depart an hour earlier at 1.10am.

Details on how best to prepare for travelling to and from the concert via Edinburgh Trams can be found here