Taylor Swift fans gather for a cooler show in Rio after a fan died

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Fans of singer Taylor Swift headed to her eagerly awaited concert in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after Saturday’s concert was postponed at the last minute due to high temperatures after a fan died in the hot conditions on the day. previously.

Temperatures dropped significantly on Sunday after two days of record heat in Brazil’s second-largest city. Fans outside Nilton Santos Stadium were hoping Sunday’s show would go ahead as planned.

“Yesterday was cancelled, I was a little apprehensive about today, but I hope everything goes well,” Yasmin Moreira Oliveira told the vendors, “Today is not hot, it’s cold. Expectations are high because everything is going well.” Umbrellas and raincoats for protection from expected rain.

On the first night of Swift’s “The Eras Tour” tour in Rio on Friday, 23-year-old Ana Clara Benevides fell ill and later died in hospital.

The tragedy prompted the federal government to order event organizer T4F (SHOW3.SA) to ensure access to water at all of Swift’s concerts in Brazil and to issue a directive allowing water bottles to be brought to all concerts from now on.

T4F said on Saturday that it would strengthen its action plan for the event, with a particular focus on providing free water in queues and all entrances and exits of the stadium, allowing entry with sealed water cups, flexible plastic bottles and sealed processed foods.

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Saturday’s postponement, which Swift announced just two hours before she was due to take the stage, angered many fans who had already made the trip to the stadium, some from different states and countries.

“There were people crying, throwing tantrums, hoping it was all a lie,” said student Victor Guimarães, who was waiting in line again on Sunday to watch the singer perform. “In short, it was terrible.”

Facing scorching temperatures, Brazilian fan club Update Swift Brasil reached out to major water companies for donations to ease conditions at the site. Fans were met with positive feedback from Menalba Brazil, which distributed free water bottles in the stadium area on Sunday.

“It was a donation from the company, influenced by the events of the previous day and the heatwave,” said Cristina Larrode, Minalba’s marketing director, adding that the initiative would be repeated at Monday’s fair, with a total delivery of 65,000. Water bottles.

Swift’s Monday concert in Rio will replace Saturday’s postponed show, and the singer is still scheduled to perform in Sao Paulo from November 24-26.

Extreme heatwaves, attributed to El Niño and rising global temperatures, have swept across multiple Brazilian states, with temperatures exceeding historical averages since July, according to the National Meteorological Institute.

(Reporting by Sergio Quiroz, Writing by Marcela Ayres, Editing by Chris Reese and Bill Berkrot)

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