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Taylor Swift takes her Red Tour Down Under starting Friday with a three-night run at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. She’ll then take the show to Australia for a run of stadium shows. Madonna was the last female artist to tour Australia’s stadiums back in 1993, but Taylor knew she was up for that challenge, thanks to the success of her last Australian tour in 2012.

Taylor says, “I think we all had a feeling that things had really been going well there.”

When her album, Red, was a huge hit in Australia, Taylor says the fans would show up in droves for the stadium tour.  “They’ve just been really supportive,” she says, “and Australia has been one of the most fun places we’ve ever toured.”

The trek hits Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne in the next few weeks. While she’s looking forward to the concerts, Taylor also plans to soak up a few rays, since it’s now summer down there.  She says, “Ending the year in December in Australia when it’s 85 degrees there is not gonna be bad.”

Taylor is taking the month of January off the road, but she’ll re-launch the Red Tour in February with three shows in London.

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