Taylor Swift Cancels Thailand Concert After Coup
Country-pop superstar Taylor Swift has cancelled her sold-out concert in the politically turbulent Thailand.
The concert, which was scheduled for the night of June 9, was confirmed as being cancelled by the concert promoter BEC-Tero Entertainment. On their website they cited the reason for the cancellation as being “due to recent events in Thailand.” The statement continued by saying that it was a difficult decision for all parties involved.
“Due to recent events in Thailand, Taylor Swift’s concert in Bangkok scheduled for Monday June 9, 2014 has been cancelled,” the statement read. “This has been a difficult decision for all parties. Taylor, AEG, BEC Tero and 13 Management all express regret and sincere apologies to the fans in Thailand.”
“Ticket holders are able to refund their tickets for this special event at all ThaiTicketMajor branches during normal business hours from Thursday 29th May 2014 at 10.00 hrs. until Monday 30th June 2014,” the statement continued. “For further information, please contact Thaiticketmajor call center at 02 262 3838. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”
Thailand came under military rule last week after a coup d’état. The military has suspended television broadcasting from international networks in Thailand, and they have issued a 10 p.m. curfew and ban on street gatherings. This comes after months of street protests and political instability.
Swift was due to tour the region as part of her Red Tour in the coming weeks. Aside from Thailand, Swift is scheduled to perform in Shanghai, Tokyo, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
“I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand,” Swift wrote in a Twitter post earlier today. “I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.”
I'm sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I'm so sad about the concert being canceled.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 27, 2014
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