Taylor Swift has warned about the immediate future of live music as she cancelled her upcoming tour dates.

The singer had been due to begin Lover Fest last April. While the majority of dates were cancelled due to concerns regarding the pandemic, stadium shows in the US and Brazil were postponed until 2021.

But a statement from Swift was published on her website on Friday announcing that the shows would now not be going ahead.

"I love coming on here to tell you good news, or to share a new project with you," she wrote. "It's not my favourite thing in the world to have to tell you news I’m sad about.

"I’m so sorry, but I cannot reschedule the shows that we’ve postponed.

"Although refunds have been available since we first postponed the Lover Fest shows, many of you hung onto your tickets and I too hung onto the idea that we could reschedule."

Admitting that she couldn’t wait until she and her fans could "safely be at shows together again", Swift added: "This is an unprecedented pandemic that has changed everyone’s plans and no one knows what the touring landscape is going to look like in the near future.

"I'm so disappointed that I won’t be able to see you in person as soon as I wanted to."