Amidst the growing turmoil in Thailand, international recording superstar, Taylor Swift, was forced to cancel her sold-out concert in the capital city of Bangkok. The country singer was scheduled to perform on June 9 to support the Asian leg of her Red Tour.
Taylor Swift tweeted her disappointment over the unfortunate situation: “I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand. I’m so sorry about the concert being canceled.”
Thailand’s military staged a coup last week to replace the most recent ruling monarchy, and as tensions within the nation have grown, so has the list of cancellations. The U.S. military stopped a planned joint-military exercise between the two nations, Hong Kong tourist visits have been discontinued and other performances and events have been moved or cancelled due to the uncertainty brought about by the leadership shake up.
BEC-Tero, Taylor Swift’s concert promoter, did not go into details over the final factor that caused what it described on its website as “a difficult decision for all.” However, as a result of the political unrest, a curfew was put in place (though it has been loosely enforced, at best) that this could have been further concerning to Swift’s people and BEC-Tero.
Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, the singer’s third international tour, started in March 2013 in support of her album, Red. With more than $139 million in revenue so far, the tour is still going strong and will continue into next month. Swift has made stops throughout the globe, with Bangkok being the only cancelled date. However, Swift also achieved a more positive distinction: she is the first female artist, since Madonna in 1993, to headline a stadium tour in Australia.