LIVE BLOG: Atlanta fans gear up for Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson shows

Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift
Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift(Atlanta News First)
Published: Apr. 28, 2023 at 1:10 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2023 at 4:48 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Downtown Atlanta is transforming into an entertainment hub... at least for the next 3 days.

The city is welcoming two big names to the stage. Janet Jackson and Atlanta’s own hip-hop icon Ludacris will perform at State Farm Arena and Taylor Swift will be live at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Janet Jackson celebrates her 50th anniversary in the entertainment industry in 2023. Jackson is a Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee, along with her brothers. She has sold more than 180 million records worldwide and is still recognized as one of the best, one of the most innovative, and best-selling artists of all time. Ludacris is also featured on Jacket Jackson’s Together Again tour which opened its first of two Atlanta dates on Wednesday at State Farm Arena.

The “Stand Up” rapper released his debut album “Back For the First Time” in October 2000. He has won multiple Grammy awards, BET awards, and other awards during his career. He has released several hit albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Release Therapy,” “Word of Mouf,” “Chicken and Beer,” “Red Light District” and more; he has sold 24 million records worldwide.

Rico Wade, one-half of the Atlanta-based super producer group Organized Noize, spoke to Atlanta News First in February about Ludacris and his rise from a hungry and underrated young MC, to one of the best, most influential, and most powerful musicians and innovators of all time.

He is also a star in the 10th installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise that is scheduled to release in theatres soon. He has starred or played a supporting role in six of the films so far. The films have collectively grossed more than $1 billion.

“He’s a part of one of the biggest movie franchises in history and also still has records that are played to this day that are classics and can’t be touched or duplicated,” iconic Atlanta DJ and producer DJ Drama previously told Atlanta News First.

Officials are estimating a record turnout, with 180,000 Swift fans expected at the stadium’s three sold-out shows.

CHECK OUT: Know Before You Go! Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson shows

Atlanta News First is following all the fun ahead of the big night:

Friday, 4 p.m.

Friday, 3:30 p.m.

Centennial Park is helping fans relax and unwind before their Wildest Dreams

Friday, 2:15 p.m.

Friday, 1:30 p.m.

Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson takeover downtown Atlanta

Some fans have already started “TayGating” ahead of tonight’s show

Friday, 1 p.m.

It’s no longer ATL, it’s A-TAY-L according to Mercedes-Benz Stadium

An estimated 180,000 fans are expected to attend the three sold-out shows.

State Farm Arena is gettings fans concert ready!


Excited fans are showing off their T-Swift fever!

Friday, 12:30 p.m.

Taylor Swift can’t wait for Atlanta! (and by the looks of it, Atlanta can’t wait for her)

“See you soon!” - Janet Jackson

GDOT warns drivers of heavy traffic ahead of Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson, Ludacris concerts

Heads up! Meteorologist Cutter Martin is keeping you up to date on road conditions!

Atlanta police are urging concert-goers to plan ahead and report any suspicious activity!

Georgia Department of Transportation says “anticipate a traffic surge!” Head out early if you can or consider taking MARTA or carpooling.