Justin Bieber Won't Face Fine For Late London Show, Council Spokesperson Confirms
6 March 2013, 12:40
The 'Baby' singer is not facing a fine for being late on stage as there was "no breach of licensing conditions".
Justin Bieber will not face a fine for his late performance at London's O2 Arena earlier this week, contrary to widespread reports in the media today (6th March).
The 'Boyfriend' singer angered many fans on Monday (4th March) when he arrived on stage around two hours later than expected for his 'Believe' tour performance, leading to fresh claims he could face a £300,000 fine from the borough of Greenwich for overrunning and missing a stage curfew.
However, Greenwich Council has now released a statement clarifying that no such action is being taken, and described reports they have fined artist for overrunning in the past as being an "urban myth".
"The Royal Borough of Greenwich has not taken any action against the owners of The O2 in relation to Justin Bieber's recent performance, as no breach of our licensing conditions took place," a spokesperson said in a statement.
"It is simply a contractual issue between AEG and the artist involved, as there is no requirement for performances to finish by 11pm," they explained. "The O2 is the world's most popular entertainment venue and sells over two million tickets each and every year as it plays host to many of the world's biggest names.
"We take complaints made in relation to the venue very seriously, but it is an urban myth to suggest the we have ever levied a fine in relation to a performance there."
Check out a picture of Justin Bieber performing on his 'Believe' UK tour below (Credit: PA):
After his late appearance on Monday the 'Beauty And A Beat' singer issued an apology on Twitter where he blamed the delay on technical difficulties, admitting there was "no excuse", and made sure he was on stage two minutes early for a follow-up performance last night (5th March).
Justin Bieber is currently taking his 'Believe' tour across the UK and will perform another show at London's O2 Arena tonight (6th March) before continuing with a final London show this Friday (8th March).