'Nanny state': Outrage after Liam Gallagher concert stopped suddenly in Melbourne

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Concertgoers and fans are venting their anger after Liam Gallagher’s Melbourne concert was cut short mid-performance.

The former Oasis frontman was midway through the band’s classic hit Supersonic when an 11pm sound curfew at the Margaret Court Arena meant the plug was pulled on the microphone and speakers.

Footage of Gallagher shows the Manchester-born singer clearly bemused by the decision to call a night on his gig without his consent, later taking to Twitter to slam the decision.

“Well that was a load of w*** getting cut off last song,” he said.

Fans also expressed their anger online over the premature end to the gig.

“We live in nanny state. You literally cannot breathe without there being a law,” one person quipped.

“Unbelievable gig, had the joint absolutely rockin. I’m embarrassed for the city of Melbourne for pulling the plug,” another said.

“I'm shocked. It was so disrespectful with you and the crowd,” one person said.

Liam Gallagher was not impressed with being cut off on Wednesday night. Source: Getty

Margaret Court Arena ruined my night, says fan

“Margaret Court Arena should stick to tennis they can't handle Rock n Roll. Shame on them!” another wrote.

One person even declared: “Margaret Court arena legit ruined my night.”

Gallagher had announced to the crowd earlier in the set that he was forced to rush through his set due to a “tight curfew”.

“We don’t travel all across the world for a ‘tight f****** curfew’, man,” he told the audience.

Gallagher took to Twitter again on Thursday morning to reveal if he had performed over the curfew they would have incurred a $250,000 fine, which he labelled a “f****** piss take”.

Gallagher revealed during the gig that they would be forced to abandon plans to sing hit Champagne Supernova, with footage on Twitter showing fans singing it themselves as they left the venue.

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, a Melbourne and Olympic Parks spokesperson apologised to fans for the effects the move had on their evenings.

“Melbourne & Olympic Parks (the Trust), management of Margaret Court Arena, acknowledges the disappointing outcome for the many thousands of fans who came along to the Liam Gallagher concert on Wednesday night,” they said.

“We share in fans’ disappointment with the way the performance concluded and apologise for the impact this had on their enjoyment of the show.”

The spokesperson said all venue hirers and production crews are informed prior to performances of the rgulations in place regarding noise pollution.

“Where the event has been forecasted or on the night is likely to run past 11.00pm, venue management work closely with the venue hirer (in this case the Promoter, Secret Sounds) to ensure measures are in place to limit the impact this has on the performance, which may include lowering the volume.

“In no instance has the Trust requested a performance be abruptly finished and on this occasion tour management made the decision to end the performance at 11.00pm.

“We are working closely with Secret Sounds and their tour management to understand what led to this decision.”

Gallagher is currently in Australia performing a new album tour.

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