Taylor Swift arrives to speak at the Toronto International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada. File / Reuters
The US pop mega-star's "The Eras Tour" was due to go on public sale on Friday. But after days of glitches and long waits for those attempting to buy early pre-sale tickets, the public sale was abruptly cancelled on Thursday.
"It's really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse," Swift wrote on Instagram.
Without naming Ticketmaster directly, Swift said she and her team had asked "them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could."
"It's truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them."
Ticketmaster, a dominating force in the ticketing industry, blamed "extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory" for the public sale cancelation.
Taylor Swift performs during the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Reuters
It cited a "staggering number of bot attacks" along with fans without pre-sale codes trying to purchase early tickets — meaning their site experienced 3.5 billion system requests, they said, four times the company's previous peak.
It was not immediately clear whether the sale would be rescheduled, or how many unsold tickets remained. Ticketmaster did not respond to an AFP request for clarification.
Swift wrote Friday: "And to those who didn't get tickets, all I can say is that my hope is to provide more opportunities for us to all get together and sing these songs."
"The Eras Tour" marks Swift's first time back on the road since 2018's "Reputation" tour.
The multiple Grammy-winner has promised fans it will be "a journey through all of my musical eras of my career."
The tour is set to kick off March 17, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona, with stops including Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and five final domestic shows in Los Angeles in early August. International shows will be announced at a later date.
"It has 26 songs, including 6 never before released from the vault. Love Story (Taylor's Version) will be out tonight," @Taylorswift13 said on Twitter.
The pop beauty took to her official social media account to announce to fans that she has started re-recording her old albums already.
Singer-actress Selena Gomez has revealed that Taylor Swift and her mother burst into tears after listening to the former's comeback singles.
The statement said Swift's US and Brazil shows will take place next year, explaining that tickets for those shows "will transfer to a new show date without action on the part of ticket holders." The new dates will be announced this year,
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