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It was the best night of my life, but I can’t remember it’: UK Taylor Swift fans hit by ‘post-concert amnesia’ – and scientists explain how the phenomenon could affect anyone

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It was the best night of my life, but I can't remember it': UK Taylor Swift fans hit by 'post-concert amnesia' - and scientists explain how the phenomenon could affect anyone

 

Blank Space isn’t just one of Taylor Swift ‘s biggest hits.

 

 

Some mega-fans have reported suffering a bizarre phenomenon after attending the UK leg of her Eras Tour: total amnesia.

After four hours of adrenaline, excitement and more than 40 songs, Swifties are returning home and realising they can’t remember a thing

Psychologists say it’s a recognised syndrome, caused by heightened emotions and a buzzing atmosphere making it harder to form memories.

And due to the unprecedented levels of hype around Swift’s tour, it seems more people have been affected than ever.

US gig-goers have already reported the strange symptom, which experts call ‘post concert amnesia’.

And now social media is filled with haunting accounts from fans who attended Swift’s London dates and have been hit by it.

One Swiftie, known as @champaigeproblems on TikTok, shared her post-concert experience on social media.

In a post that now has 33.7K likes, she said: ‘Post concert depression? No, I have post-concert amnesia because why do I not remember the eras tour at all? I was there and know it was the time of my life, but why do I not remember it?’

Another fan @clare.marie56, who shared a video from her night at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool to TikTok, claimed she was grateful for the footage she took as her memories are all a ‘blur’.

She said: ‘It was rare, I was there. I literally don’t remember anything. Eras tour amnesia.’

Although it will be unlikely that fans will be left with no memory at all, it’s possible to be left with just a feeling.

‘Emotion effects the semantic details of the memory in terms of what happened visually, and they are left with the general sense of how they felt at the time,’ Dr Shah said.

So much anticipation is often put on big events, like a wedding day or in this case a Taylor Swift concert, that your emotions just take over.

Post-concert amnesia can be compared to the memory loss people experience after a traumatic event.

‘When people experience trauma, sometimes that memory gets blocked out or isn’t formed properly,’ Dr Punit Shah a Phycologist and lecturer based at University of Bath, told MailOnline.

‘That isn’t to say Taylor’s concerts are traumatic, but the emotion of the situation can mean people are so immersed in it and emotional that the details of the event aren’t as well formed as they might expect,’ he added.

‘The reason why it’s happening with Taylor Swift concerts is because it’s really hard to get hold of tickets, there is a real anticipation around it and it ramps up your emotions

‘If you have what should be a memorable event, sometimes people’s emotional response can either solidify that memory or weaken the memory it.

‘So some people attending these concerts will find them very memorable and will form what’s called a flashbulb memory, where you remember a lot about what’s happened in that situation.

‘But for some people the emotion of the situation can mean that the memory trace isn’t laid down as strongly.’

Another fan @staceneverlands, who watched the Eras tour in Cardiff last week, wrote on X: ‘Why did nobody tell me that the day after the Eras tour that your body would feel like you’ve ran a marathon and also experience memory loss?’

Meanwhile, a fourth Swiftie @ts0670 took to TikTok to confess they have ‘no actual memories’ of the gig.

In a post that’s got 54.3k likes, the fan said: ‘Did anyone else that went to the Eras Tour concert just black out?

‘Like I do not remember anything at all – I literally only have my videos. But there’s no actual memories.’

A concert-goer from Liverpool also admitted to suffering ‘memory loss’ following the show.

In a TikTok post @jenniferh11 said: ‘Okay, but why did nobody warn me about the post Eras tour come down. Why am I suffering from memory loss, feel depressed and like I just ran a marathon?’

Others have said the experience just ‘felt like a dream’.

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