Taylor Swift's Coachella 2023 Absence and First Show Post-Joe Alwyn Split: What to Know
Although the Coachella music festival in Indio, California is known for its diverse musical lineup, spanning rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, Taylor Swift has yet to perform at the event since its inception in 1999. The pop superstar was, however, spotted at Coachella in April 2016, sporting her now-iconic bleached blonde hair.
While it remains unclear why Swift has not performed at the festival, fans have not been overly concerned, as they can enjoy her music during her dedicated tours and events. Furthermore, Swift may be taking some time for herself after her recent breakup with Joe Alwyn.
Rumors suggest that Alwyn "struggled with Taylor's level of fame and the public's attention," and that "the differences in their personalities have also become harder to ignore after years together." In light of this, Swift's first performance since the split, on April 13 in Tampa, Florida, drew considerable attention.
As Swift performed her breakup anthem "Champagne Problems," the audience's standing ovation was interpreted as a show of support. However, Swift did not directly address the breakup, instead using the "secret songs" segment of her concert to tease the upcoming release of her 2010 album "Speak Now" as part of her re-recording project.
Swift's re-recording efforts aim to reclaim ownership of her masters, which were allegedly sold by her former label head to an industry competitor without her consent. Each re-recorded album is marked by the addition of "(Taylor's Version)" in the title.
"Speak Now" holds particular significance for Swift, as she is the sole songwriter for the entire album. It includes the critically acclaimed track "Dear John," believed to be about her relationship with John Mayer, who is 12 years her senior. This experience is revisited in the bonus track "Would've, Could've, Should've" from her album "Midnights."