OFFSTAGE: How to Get Into Taylor Swift’s T Parties

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There are 62 dates left on Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour, all over America and Canada. That means there are 62 T Parties left to find your way into. The T Parties, as Swift calls them, are the post-show meet-and-greets that give you the chance to say hi and maybe get a picture with her. Sometimes radio stations have contests to give away passes, and sometimes you know someone who knows someone who can help you get in. But if that doesn’t happen, you still may have a chance. In a recent radio interview, Swift explained how fans can get into that coveted backstage room. “Throughout the show, I have people that I trust going around,” she said. “They know what to look for: really passionate people in the crowd who are maybe at the top rows or in the fourth row but anyone who’s just like dancing and having the best time throughout the entire concert, or maybe they dressed up like characters from the music video, or maybe they’re just like all lit up or something.” So if you’re the guy who is checking his Blackberry every two minutes throughout the show, with your arms crossed and a wake-me-when-it’s-over look in your eyes, you are so not invited. But if you’re the girl who is singing along and knows every word, this is your big chance.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.