Edinburgh accused of ousting homeless people from city ahead of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour concert

By Abby Amoakuh

Published May 30, 2024 at 12:09 PM

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Taylor Swift’s upcoming concerts have led to a shortage of available housing, leading the city of Edinburgh to send away homeless people to make room for the large influx of tourists ahead of her performance.

Housing Charity Shelter Scotland has reported that a number of homeless people it supports were sent to Aberdeen and Glasgow via taxi to make room for tourists ahead of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour performance in the city.

Swift will be playing three nights at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium from 7 to 9 June 2024. In this period, hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to flock to the Scottish capital. This has subsequently resulted in a shortage of accommodation and is now leading to intense competition for hotel rooms.

There is a legal obligation for people who are declared homeless in Scotland to be offered emergency temporary accommodation, and this can sometimes come in the form of hotels. However, due to the severe hotel shortage caused by the concert, people being declared homeless in Edinburgh, who would usually be offered temporary accommodation in this form, are being sent away, the housing charity explained.

Shelter for Scotland described this situation as “a blatant injustice” and rejected the notion that homeless people should be “in direct competition” with tourists.