Taylor Swift cancels Melbourne Cup appearance

In a blow for 10 and pop music fans, Taylor Swift is no longer performing at the Melbourne Cup.

Michael Gudinski from Mushroom Events said, “Regrettably, Taylor is no longer able to make it to this year’s Melbourne Cup. Changes to her Asian promo schedule have made it logistically impossible for her to be here. To all of Taylor’s fans, we hope to see Taylor in Australia in 2020.”

Swift was due to perform two songs from her new album in a pre-race concert.

But her announcement copped a backlash from animal activists and on social media many were already linking the two events.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said, “The VRC has learned that Taylor Swift is now unable to make the trip to Australia and therefore cannot be with us on Melbourne Cup Day. Obviously, this is disappointing for everyone. We understand how important the pre-Cup entertainment is and we look forward to providing an update shortly.”

10 is host broadcaster of this year’s event in early November.


  1. I’ve got nothing against Taylor, but i honestly don’t know why we need to fly in overseas talent for this or any other sporting event when we have plenty of homegrown talent. And if facebook comments are anything to go on, the majority of people seem to agree.

    The same was said of the AFL Grand Final, especially after Meatloaf’s abysmal performance in 2011. I must admit i really enjoyed the Killers in 2017, but would’ve been just as happy with Aussie talent.

    • Jᴏʜɴɴʏ 1ᴘ5

      I think for the AFL Grand Final they could use the RocKwiz Orkestra members and have guest vocalists, which leads to an all-in final song, leave it up to them to organise as well. That way the crowd and TV audience can get a surprise to who the guest vocalists are coming on stage, may then turn into something people will look forward to each year. It’s not like they need to announce who is going to be there to get a crowd at the ground, TV Audience yeah to a small extent as you may get people not interested in AFL tune in at half-time to watch (though a surprise line-up of guest vocalists could do the same).

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