Taylor Swift gigs in Edinburgh, Scotland see homeless people forced out of city

Homeless people in Edinburgh, Scotland have been kicked out of the city ahead of Taylor Swift's three gigs in early June. 

BBC News said it learned "a number of homeless" have been moved on to make way for tourists, with some being transported hundreds of kilometres away from their accommodation. 

Shelter Scotland told the BBC "several" people it supported had been sent in taxis to Aberdeen and Glasgow due to a shortage of accommodation - and that one had been offered a place to stay in Newcastle, England. 

The shelter has blasted the move, calling it a "blatant injustice" for homeless people to be "in direct competition" with tourists. 

Swift is scheduled to perform three concerts at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium from June 7, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend. 

In November last year, the City Council had declared a housing emergency due to the number of people living on the streets in the popular tourist destination. 

It's not the first time a Taylor Swift gig has caused an issue in the city or country where The Eras Tour was visiting. 

In February it was revealed Singapore had awarded Swift a grant to perform in the city state - her only stop in Southeast Asia - to help boost the local economy from her concerts. 

Swift played six sold-out shows in Singapore early in March. 

The tourism board and culture ministry did not disclose the amount of the grant, but confirmed the ministry had worked with concert promoter AEG Presents to get Swift to perform in Singapore.