Which of Taylor Swift’s local BFFs will be at the UK Eras Tour?

The pop sensation's record-breaking tour finally arrives in the UK, but which of her famous friends will be watching the show from the VIP area?

Taylor Swift performs at the Paris Le Defense Arena as a part of her Eras Tour concert in Paris
Taylor Swift - seen here performing in Paris - is bringing her Eras Tour to the UK from 7 June. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

In an explosion of pastel sequin hearts, tasselled jackets and cowboy hats, Taylor Swift’s behemoth Eras Tour will finally arrive in the UK this week.

The concert, which chronicles every album (or ‘era’) of Swift's career — from her sickly sweet country origins to the revenge-soaked Reputation album to her latest epic-length offering, The Tortured Poets Department — is an almost four-hour-long affair.

Since its kick-off over a year ago, thousands of fans have traded beaded friendship bracelets, cried their make-up off to All Too Well and screamed the bridge to Cruel Summer until their eyes almost popped out, including a bevvy of Swift’s A-list besties like Emma Stone, Selena Gomez and Blake Lively.

Singer Taylor Swift performs on the runway during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Taylor Swift rocked a Union Jack outfit during the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

But as she lands on our shores, there promises a whole new roster of guestlist names with more of a refined lilt to their accents. Swift has made no secret of her love affair with the UK. Her 2019 song London Boy regales listeners with her favourite haunts in the city, while the South London pub The Black Dog has just released its own merch line for ravenous Swifties after being namechecked in her latest album.

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Along with beloved boozers and Camden Market stalls, Swift has picked up some British BFFs along the way, and a few of them are bound to sport a bracelet or two in the stands as she embarks on the UK leg of the Eras Tour. Here are all the celebs you might see.

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at The 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2015
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at The 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2015. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Taylor Swift has curated a bevvy of British besties over the years, but few have actually collaborated with her. More than ten years ago, as part of her Red album, Swift and Ed Sheeran first linked up with the single Everything Has Changed after Sheeran found out she was a fan of his. They then later collaborated again for her 2017 album Reputation with the single End Game, and in 2021, with the re-release of Red, she published the song Run, which was one of her famed tracks ‘from the Vault’.

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Sheeran is far more likely to grace the stage than the stands though when it comes to Eras appearances, as he’s popped up as a special guest in almost all of her past tours. So, maybe anticipate one of their collabs as a secret song.

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner leave Met Life Stadium after watching an NFL football game
Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner attended an NFL game together in 2023. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

BFF goals are when you’re going through a breakup and your friend literally lends you their empty spare house to live in. Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner have been friends since 2019, around the time that they appeared on The Graham Norton Show together.

Turner may have, at the time, been dating Swift’s ex-Joe Jonas (remember when she told the world on Ellen that he broke up with her on a 27-second phone call in 2008 and then released the scathing song Forever & Always in his honour?), but that didn’t stop them becoming close. In the last year, Swift and Turner have been out together more than ever though as, in the wake of Turner’s divorce from Jonas, Swift let London-based Turner and her children live in her New York apartment amid custody discussions.

"Taylor was an absolute hero to me this year," Turner recently told British Vogue, adding "I’ve never been more grateful to anyone than I am for her because she took my children and me, and provided us with a home and a safe space."

Suki Waterhouse performing on stage at Bonnaroo festival in 2023
Suki Waterhouse performing on stage at Bonnaroo festival in 2023. (Darren Eagles/imageSPACE/MediaPunch)

Though Taylor Swift’s friendship with British actor and singer Suki Waterhouse may be a bit more lowkey than her past ‘girl squad’ parades, the pair have known each other since 2016 when they were spotted at a Kings of Leon concert together. That bond has more than endured, as they were spotted, along with Waterhouse’s boyfriend Robert Pattinson, leaving a screening of Poor Things (starring another Swift BFF Emma Stone) last year.

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So solid is the friendship that Swift, who is usually fairly press-shy when it comes to interviews, even jumped at the chance to wax lyrical about Waterhouse in a profile about the actor, telling Ssense: "Suki has always seemed like she stepped out of a time machine. Her music is so raw and hopelessly romantic because that’s how she moves through the world." Sure, Waterhouse may have just given birth to her first child with Pattinson, but it’s never too early to make your baby a Swiftie.

Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party
Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift in 2015. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Many Taylor Swift fans would secretly love to experience the fan-to-friend relationship with their idol, and Lena Dunham actually managed it. The pair have been friends since 2015, though Girls creator Dunham has admitted she admired her from afar long before they met IRL. Of course, when the pair did eventually get close, Dunham was dating Swift’s right-hand-producer Jack Antonoff, who she was with for more than five years.

Though Swift’s professional and personal relationship with Antonoff still bears record-breaking fruit (hello, The Tortured Poets Department), that doesn’t mean she’s chosen sides. While the Dunham-Swift partnership went relatively silent for a few years, Swift popped up at Dunham’s 2021 London wedding, not just as a guest, but as a fully-fledged bridesmaid decked out in silver rhinestones. Dunham permanently lives in London now, so maybe she’ll pop up in Wembley over the tour’s collective eight-night stint.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 14: Matty Healy of The 1975 performs during 2023 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 14, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
Matty Healy performing with The 1975 in 2023. (Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)

If we just had a record-breaking album written in part about us, we’d probably be just a little bit nosy about hearing it performed live. Taylor Swift shocked fans with the release of The Tortured Poets Department, not just because it was a surprise double album, but because a lot of the songs seemed to reference her short-lived 2023 dalliance with Matty Healy.

In Eras Tour concerts since the album’s release, Swift has included Healy-dedicated tracks like But Daddy I Love Him and The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived. Healy likely got his fill of Eras Tours last year, when he popped up in the wings of last year’s Nashville dates and even performed alongside her opener Phoebe Bridgers. When asked if he’d heard the album the day after its release, Healy very diplomatically said "I haven’t really listened to that much of it, but I’m sure it’s good". Still, curiosity may just get the better of him.

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour is in the UK from 7 June to 20 August.