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Apology over Taylor Swift concert mix-up in Merseyside

Taylor Swift at the Grammys
Taylor Swift is one of America's biggest selling artists

A concert by an unknown American singer has been cancelled after she was confused with multi Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift by a local newspaper.

The Liverpool Echo said the country music star would play to primary school pupils when in fact the concert was part of a tour by Taylor Bright.

St Margaret Mary's Catholic Junior School in Knowsley has now called off Ms Bright's visit amid security fears.

The newspaper has apologised and is making a donation to the school.

Taylor Swift, 20, one of America's biggest-selling artists, won three Grammys, including Best Album, on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

'Very confused'

Meanwhile 16-year-old Taylor Bright was in London on her first visit to the UK to promote her debut single "Striped Socks".

I have no idea why they thought Taylor Swift would be performing at St Margaret Mary's when she was in America picking up her Grammys
Taylor Bright's spokeswoman

Her planned concert for 480 pupils at St Margaret Mary's is one of seven concerts scheduled over three days in the UK.

A spokeswoman for Ms Bright said the incorrect announcement was also made to 40,000 football fans during Liverpool's game with Bolton Wanderers at Anfield.

She said: "I have no idea why they thought Taylor Swift would be performing at St Margaret Mary's when she was in America picking up her Grammys.

"It must have been a slip of the tongue.

"Taylor was very confused about what happened and very disappointed that the performance had to be cancelled.

"At one point she even said 'they're not expecting Taylor Swift are they?' but the children already had posters and knew who she was."

Taylor Bright
Taylor Bright has yet to release her first single

The school put an announcement on its website after fielding inquiries about the concert.

In a statement it said: "We had planned a short concert for the children on Monday 1 February, featuring an unknown singer, Taylor Bright.

"Unfortunately, the Liverpool Echo has printed an inaccurate story that pop singer Taylor Swift is coming.

"There will now be no concert and the Liverpool Echo has promised to print an amendment."

The event was publicised in Saturday's edition of the Echo.

A spokesman said: "The Echo regrets the mistake in Saturday's paper and has apologised to the school's governors.

"We are making a donation to school funds as a gesture of goodwill."



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