This morning, Taylor Swift announced that she and her team have decided to postpone all summer tour dates in the U.S. and Brazil, in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Swift has also pulled out of her remaining European festival appearances – many of which had already been cancelled altogether, including Glastonbury, Belgium’s Werchter Boutique and Oslo Sommertid. Though new dates have not yet been announced, Swift’s website confirmed that the U.S. and Brazilian “Lover Fest” shows, which were set to kick off 18 July in São Paulo, will be rescheduled for 2021.
I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us. pic.twitter.com/qeiMk2Tgon
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 17, 2020
Swift addressed her fans with a statement this morning on Twitter, writing, “I’m so sad I won’t be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision. Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”
An official statement, posted on Swift’s website, read, “Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for our global community and the safety and wellbeing of fans should always be the top priority. Health organisations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time. With many events throughout the world already cancelled, and upon direction from health officials in an effort to keep fans safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, sadly the decision has been made to cancel all Taylor Swift live appearances and performances this year.”
Ticket holders for the U.S. and Brazilian dates have been reassured that their tickets will transfer to the new dates without any additional actions on their part, while additional information has also been provided for each European date on Swift’s website.
Swift was set to tour around her seventh studio album, Lover, released in August 2019. The multi-platinum-selling LP broke Swift’s previous record (for 2017’s Reputation) for the biggest first-week of sales in the US, while globally, the album hit No.1 in numerous markets, including the UK, Australia and Canada, becoming the year’s best-selling album, worldwide, by a solo artist.