Madonna sued by two fans over late concert start-time

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Madonna is being sued by two fans after the singer’s show in New York last month did not begin until after 22:30.

Fans Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden are reportedly suing promoter Live Nation, and venue the Barclays Center, as they say they “would not have paid for tickets” if they had known that the concert would end so late. 

The filing also claims that each of Madonna’s three concerts at the Barclays Center did not begin until after 22:30 despite being scheduled to begin at 20:30. The late start-times resulted in the shows finishing around 01:00. 

Fellows and Hadden attended the concert on December 13, and argued in the case that “many ticket-holders who attended concerts on a weeknight had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day”. 

Fellows and Hadden are also suing Live Nation and the Barclays Center for “false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices”. 

Madonna’s New York concerts were part of her Celebration Tour, which featured the singer’s biggest tracks from her career. 

The North American leg of the Celebration Tour was postponed after Madonna was hospitalised with a ‘serious bacterial infection’. The tour eventually kicked off in October at The O2 in London, before the singer embarked on the rest of the European leg.

It is not the first-time fans have filed a case against Madonna for late start-times, with fans suing the singer in 2019 and 2020. The cases were later voluntarily dismissed.