Taylor Swift suffers another Eras tour malfunction as a trapdoor fails to open and she’s forced to run off stage

Taylor Swift Eras tour
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Little more than a month after a rainstorm caused her piano to start playing itself, Taylor Swift has had to endure another onstage malfunction at one of her Eras tour shows, this time in Cincinnati.

The moment came at the end of Swift’s performance of Look What You Made Me Do. As she stood on the end of a catwalk jutting off the stage, she appeared to be waiting for a trapdoor to open to lower her down (presumably for a costume change), but it remained firmly closed.

Realising what was going on - or not going on - Swift then hotfooted it past her dancers, who were also making their way off stage.


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Unsurprisingly, the moment was caught on video and posted on TikTok by Swifts.Clips. More surprisingly, Swift actually commented on the clip, noting that she’s "Still swift af boi”.

The incident follows another technical mishap during one of Swift’s Eras shows in Massachusetts. Following an evening of heavy rain the night before, she attempted to sit down and play her piano, only to hear it starting to play itself.

The multiple malfunctions have led some Swift fans to jokingly start referring to this as her ‘Errors’ tour, though with speculation that the worldwide jaunt could gross more than a billion dollars, we’re sure the star isn’t too concerned.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.