Fans Are Suing Madonna For Delayed Concert Start


Madonna is being sued by two fans who claim her delay in starting three New York City concerts later than advertised forced them to be left stranded in the late hours without proper access to public transportation to get them home safely.

In a complaint filed on January 17 in Brooklyn, Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden claim Madonna breached her contract with concertgoers by violating New York state laws when she began three December shows Brooklyn’s Barclays Center two hours after the scheduled 8:30 start time. 

The federal class action lawsuit alleges that the delay caused real legal harm to ticket buyers who were "left stranded in the middle of the night" and “confronted with limited public transportation.” And because the concert ended at 1:00AM on a weeknight, it affected their ability to “get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day.”  

Attorneys for the two complainants argue that the “defendants failed to provide any notice to the ticketholders that the concerts would start much later than the start time printed on the ticket and as advertised."

The suit, which also names promoter Live Nation and the venue Barclays Center as defendants, additionally claims negligent misrepresentation, and that the organizers knew of Madonna's track record for being late to her own concerts without informing ticket buyers.

“Madonna has a long history of arriving and starting her concerts late, sometimes several hours late,” attorneys for the complainants added. “This history occurred throughout her 2016 Rebel Heart Tour, her 2019-2020 Madame X Tour, and prior tours, where Madonna continuously started her concerts over two hours late.”