Best Of 2018

Best snake-ridden stadium spectacle: TAYLOR SWIFT AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM

A sold-out stadium of about 60,000 wide-eyed fans of all ages got snake-bitten in the best way this summer when Taylor Swift brought her reputation tour to Tampa Bay. Flames and fireworks shot into the air, gigantic inflatable snakes appeared out of nowhere, and Swift (who staged a similar spectacle on Halloween Night three years ago) proved that her team’s attention to detail and devotion to her fans will make her one of pop music’s most valuable touring commodities for years and years to come. —RR