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.