Madonna performs to half empty stadium in Brisbane after concert promoters offered fans refunds because star was going to be late onstage yet again

Posted on Mar 17 2016 - 12:51pm by admin


Sharnaz Shahid For Daily Mail Australia

Following her extremely late arrival at Wednesday night’s concert in Brisbane, fans were offered refunds as Madonna was expected to be late on stage again.

And while she was over an hour late for her second night at the Entertainment Centre, the superstar performed to an half empty stage.

Fans took to their social media sites to poke fun at all the empty seats, with one sharing a picture alongside the words: ‘Oh wow. She wasn’t kidding. I’ve seen bigger crowds at a pub. #Madonna.’

'Tonight's performance may also be delayed': Madonna fans have been offered refunds as promoters have warned the singer will be late AGAIN for her second Brisbane concert on Thursday

‘Tonight’s performance may also be delayed’: Madonna fans have been offered refunds as promoters have warned the singer will be late AGAIN for her second Brisbane concert on Thursday

Later adding: ‘Lots of coloured empty seats for #Madonna. This actually makes me sad.’

Earlier on in the night, Live Nation – promoters of the Rebel Heart tour – pre-warned ticket holders that the show wasn’t guaranteed to start at 9pm.

‘Madonna’s Rebel Heart performance will proceed this evening in Brisbane. Following a late start last night, fans should note, the timing for tonight’s performance may also be delayed,’ the statement from Live Nation read on Facebook.

Concert goers were told the songstress wouldn’t appear on stage at the entertainment centre until 10.30pm, but were then left waiting before the star started the performance at 11.22pm. 

A repeat performance: Live Nation, promoters of the Rebel Heart tour, has pre-warned ticket holders that the show isn’t guaranteed to start at 9pm

'Wanted to be perfect for you!': The superstar also took to her social media sites to post a message, in what appeared to be some kind of reasoning to her lateness

‘Wanted to be perfect for you!’: The superstar also took to her social media sites to post a message, in what appeared to be some kind of reasoning to her lateness

'She is an inconsiderate diva': The singer kept her loyal followers waiting for several hours after she failed to turn up on time to her gig in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night

‘She is an inconsiderate diva’: The singer kept her loyal followers waiting for several hours after she failed to turn up on time to her gig in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday night

Madonna tried to make light of her arrival, telling the near 10,000 crowd, ‘You were here too early. You should have taken your time doing your hair and makeup, then I wouldn’t have been late.’

Elsewhere, the superstar also took to her social media sites to post a message, in what appeared to be some kind of reasoning to her lateness. 

‘See you tonight Brisbane!!! Wanted to be perfect for you!!! And we had so much FUN! ❤️ #rebelhearttour,’ she tweeted.

The concert finished after the final train service (12.17am) and fans have been warned to take this into account when organising their homeward journey on Thursday night.

‘We encourage concertgoers to keep this in consideration when making arrangements to get home safely,’ the statement said.

The delay is believed to have cost Madonna tens of thousands of dollars because of the wages blow-out for event staff, police, ushers, security, parking attendants and caterers plus refunds to almost 100 patrons.  

Running late: Due to kick off at 8pm, concert goers were told the songstress wouldn’t appear on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre until 10.30pm, but they then had to wait yet another hour until the star appeared at 11.22pm

Exhausted: One concertgoer was spotted having a nap in the stands 

Exhausted: One concertgoer was spotted having a nap in the stands 

Outraged: Fans took to their social media sites to reveal their annoyance and vent their frustration, with one calling her an 'inconsiderate diva'

Outraged: Fans took to their social media sites to reveal their annoyance and vent their frustration, with one calling her an ‘inconsiderate diva’

Fans took to their social media sites to reveal their annoyance and vent their frustration, with one calling the 57-year-old an ‘inconsiderate diva’.

‘It doesn’t make you more of a rock star to be late to your own concert,’ one tweeted. ‘It makes you an inconsiderate diva.

‘I could have seen #LadyInTheVan in the time I will spend waiting for #Madonna to show up to #RebelHeartTour which would have been great.’

‘Madonna not getting on the Boondall stage until at least 10:30pm…,’ said another. ‘I am ‘this close’ to selling my ticket for tomorrow night. Too old 4 this.’ 

All the glitters: When she finally turned up, she was seen entertaining fans on stage in sparkly leotards

All the glitters: When she finally turned up, she was seen entertaining fans on stage in sparkly leotards

Here she is: Concert goers were told the songstress wouldn’t appear on stage at the entertainment centre until 10.30pm

Here she is: Concert goers were told the songstress wouldn’t appear on stage at the entertainment centre until 10.30pm

Up to her old antics: When she did arrive it was ho holds barred but still fans were left feeling deflated

Up to her old antics: When she did arrive it was ho holds barred but still fans were left feeling deflated

Although several fans of the star were angry, some jumped to Madonna’s defence.

An audience member remarked: ‘They announced @Madonna won’t be on before 10:30. I don’t f****** care I’ve waited 23 years what’s a few hours more. #myqueen #madonna.’ 

But one picture which appeared on social media showed disappointed crowd members leave the venue and head to the ticket office for a refund. 

With tickets worth approximately $600, it is not yet known whether guests were given a refund.

Daily Mail has contacted a representative for the star for comment.

Bump and grind: She gyrated with her suited backing dancers

Bump and grind: She gyrated with her suited backing dancers

Chanting: Fans were seen chanting for Madonna to come out on stage 

Chanting: Fans were seen chanting for Madonna to come out on stage 

Off they go: One picture which appeared on social media showed disappointed crowd members leave the venue and head to the ticket office for a refund

Off they go: One picture which appeared on social media showed disappointed crowd members leave the venue and head to the ticket office for a refund

Curing the boredom: Fans waiting for Madonna to appear kept themselves entertained by taking to social media and venting their frustration

Curing the boredom: Fans waiting for Madonna to appear kept themselves entertained by taking to social media and venting their frustration

During the night’s proceedings, the American singer did, however, pay tribute to Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue, by singing one of her hits – much to the delight of her fans.

One had tweeted: ‘Madonna just sang #CantGetYouOutOfMyHead in Brisbane saying “I love Kylie”!!! Dear @kylieminogue I am officially in heaven now!’

It has been widely reported that the two stars are set to duet at Madonna’s Sydney gig, which takes place this weekend.

Tribute: The songstress wore an Australian flag during some of the concert 

Tribute: The songstress wore an Australian flag during some of the concert 

Bridal inspired: She also donned a wedding veil and carried a bouquet during one of performances 

Bridal inspired: She also donned a wedding veil and carried a bouquet during one of performances 

Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary fueled speculation last week after he shared a snap of himself with Kylie during the tour Down Under, he captioned the picture: ‘Having fun with the beautiful@kylieminogue #melbourne #australia ..’

Earlier this month, the US star outraged fans in New Zealand after she took to the stage one-and-a-half hours late. 

Prior to that, Madonna arrived for her performance close to midnight (three hours late) during her concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.

And in January she was two hours late for the third time in one week during the American-leg of her Rebel Heart tour. 

Irritated: With tickets worth approximately $600, it is not yet known whether guests were given a refund

Irritated: With tickets worth approximately $600, it is not yet known whether guests were given a refund

 

 

 Not impressed: One fan accused Madonna of lip-syncing during the show

 Not impressed: One fan accused Madonna of lip-syncing during the show

Elsewhere, for her one-off Tears Of A Clown show in Melbourne, Madonna were only allowed into the theatre space shortly before midnight – nearly four hours later than scheduled.

The doors were supposed to open half an hour before her free stand-up gig – a mixture of comedy, story-telling and music – planned to start at 9pm. 

Her constant lateness could affect the amount of money she makes during her tour as venues are able to fine artists who run over their dedicated time schedule.

Oh dear! Meanwhile, the singer's constant lateness could affect the amount of money she makes during her tour as venues are able to fine artists who run over their dedicated time schedule

Oh dear! Meanwhile, the singer’s constant lateness could affect the amount of money she makes during her tour as venues are able to fine artists who run over their dedicated time schedule

Facing the penalty: According to reports, Madonna was reportedly fined 'tens of thousands of pounds' last December after she was an hour late during her concert in Manchester, England

Facing the penalty: According to reports, Madonna was reportedly fined ‘tens of thousands of pounds’ last December after she was an hour late during her concert in Manchester, England

According to Quays News, Madonna was reportedly fined ‘tens of thousands of pounds’ last December after she turned up to her concert in Manchester, England, an hour late.

In 2008, the superstar was fined a whopping £135,000 (AUD$258,326) for her late-running show at the Wembley stadium in London.

Meanwhile, documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years, Madonna has announced that she will film her Sydney concerts at the Olympic Park this weekend.

Meanwhile... Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years, Madonna has announced that she will film her Sydney concerts at the Olympic Park this weekend

Meanwhile… Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years, Madonna has announced that she will film her Sydney concerts at the Olympic Park this weekend

These are the final two shows of her seven-month Rebel Heart world tour where the artist has performed 80+ shows in over 20 countries.

Throughout her global stint, Madonna has pulled several actors, comedians, fans, fellow musicians and even a news anchor to the stage for a special dance as her Unapologetic Bitch. 

This weekend in Sydney Madonna will choose a few fans as her ‘Unapologetic Bitches’ – all which will be documented by the taping this weekend.

Downcast: She was seen looking deflated arriving for her concert in Brisbane as fans waited anxiously

Downcast: She was seen looking deflated arriving for her concert in Brisbane as fans waited anxiously

Cheer up Magde: The performer arrived head bowed at the entertainment centre as baying fans demanded to know where she was

Cheer up Magde: The performer arrived head bowed at the entertainment centre as baying fans demanded to know where she was

What's up? The pop diva arrives late for her show looking immersed in thought

What’s up? The pop diva arrives late for her show looking immersed in thought



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