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Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at Bon Iver’s London show to perform Folklore song

Guest spot came days after release of new album ‘Midnights’

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 27 October 2022 00:16 BST
Taylor Swift posts clip revealing release schedule of new album

Taylor Swift has made a surprise appearance at a Bon Iver concert in London.

On Wednesday (26 October), the singer graced the stage at the OVO Arena in Wembley alongside the musician, whose real name is Justin Vernon, and The National’s Aaron Dessner to perform their song “Exile” together in person for the first time.

Footage of the performance made its way onto Twitter moments after it occurred.

Over ecstatic applause at the end of their duet, Vernon said, “The most talented person in the world, Taylor Swift,” to which she responded, “The most talented person in the world, Justin Vernon,” before adding, “Also the most talented person in the world, Aaron Dessner!”

After she left the stage, Vernon quipped that Swift’s guest slot would be hard to follow, before launching into rousing renditions of crowd favourites “Skinny Love” and “Blood Bank”.

“Exile” featured on Swift’s 2020 album Folkore. Just last week, on Friday (21 October), Swift released her new record Midnights.

Find The Independent’s review of Bon Iver’s first night at the venue here, and the review of Swift’s new album here.

Since its release, Midnights has become the biggest-selling record of 2022.

Swift’s vinyl sales are also nearing 500,000, making it the biggest-selling week for an album on the format since 1991, which was when modern vinyl sales began to be tracked.

Over the weekend, the star broke Spotify’s record of most album streams in a day.

Taylor Swift (Getty)

In the 24 hours after Midnights was released, Spotify announced that it had already broken the record for most-streamed album in a single day.

“How did I get this lucky, having you guys out here doing something this mind blowing?! Like what even just happened??!?!” Swift tweeted reacting to the news.

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