American Taylor Swift fans 'forced to stay in Dundee' after Edinburgh rooms cancelled

Three adults in a gondola in Italy
-Credit: (Image: Tracey Rennie)

An American mum is bringing her superfan daughter 3,500 miles to a Taylor Swift gig in Edinburgh because tickets are 'half the price' than in the States.

Tracey Rennie, 58, from Virginia, had to book five different hotels after her Vrbo accommodation in West Lothian was cancelled with only weeks to go. Left scrambling around for somewhere to stay and with most places filling up fast, the family face spending one night 60 miles away in Dundee.

She booked the family holiday - which starts in France and ends in Edinburgh - so 20-year-old daughter Rachael can catch one of the Eras tour dates at Murrayfield on Saturday, June 8.

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The volunteer and stay-at-home mum said: “My daughter and I are huge Taylor Swift fans! We booked in Edinburgh because my husband attended Edinburgh University and we are very familiar with the area. We were unable to get tickets in the US because of the exorbitant cost - if you could even get a ticket.”

She continued: “When she was on tour last year, we were on vacation in Italy and missed her then as well. This will be our first time seeing her in concert!” Tracey is currently in Paris where her husband Michael and Rachael are attending the French Open.

After that, they will be heading to London and York for a few days before arriving in Edinburgh for the concert. Tracey said it was a 'nightmare' having to rebook after the cancellation so near to the concert.

She said: “So we had the entire five nights in Scotland at a Vrbo in Broxburn. I booked this in November 2023 and then 37 days from when we were to arrive (June 4), they cancelled on us saying they couldn’t get a licence.”

She continued: “They should have had a licence in my opinion before listing it to rent. The charge for the Vrbo was £1,300, but they did kindly give me an additional £468 to make up the cost of new bookings.”

For the night of the concert, the family are staying near the airport. Tracey said: “An airport hotel charged us £1,100 for just one night! Now we have a different hotel for every night we are there.”

A woman with dark hair and glasses at a table with a beer and pizza.
Tracey on holiday -Credit:Tracey Rennie

Tracey said she was 'incredibly stressed' having to find accommodation with just over a month to go. With few options and most places taken, she ended up having to book five different hotels. Tracey and her family have been forced to look out of the city centre - in South Queensferry, Burnt Island, and even Dundee.

She said: “The Vrbo management company of course was sorry. But, that doesn’t count for much when you have expensive concert tickets and no place to stay.”

Tracey said despite the outlay, the tickets were still half of what she would be paying back in America. She said: “The tickets for Taylor Swift were probably half of what I would have paid at home. I don’t have any exact numbers, but I probably would have paid a lot more than half in all honesty. Our tickets in Edinburgh were £600, and they are not VIP tickets, they are on the pitch though.”

The cost of the hotels comes in just over £1,800 and comes with the added stress of lugging their bags around most days as check-out is mostly 10am and check-in mostly 4pm onwards.

The Vrbo accommodation Tracey booked originally was £1,300 and was a two-bedroom flat with a kitchen. She said: “It would have been more ideal than three adults to one room."

Vrbo has been contacted for comment by Edinburgh Live.

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