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“ Madonna's diva demands overruled by health and safety ”
Madonna's demands for no air-conditioning has landed her in trouble with health and safety officials
It takes a brave person to overrule Madonna's exacting backstage demands. And embarking on her Confessions World Tour, stadium bosses were only to happy to oblige when the singer imposed an air-conditioning ban to 'preserve' her vocal chords.
But when it comes to officiousness, it would seem that Madonna has found an unlikely equal - the British health and safety officer.
After fans started wilting in the heat at her concert on Tuesday night, council officers at Wembley Arena bravely overruled the 47-year-old singer and immediately ordered the air conditioning be turned back on.
The decision was prompted after some fans started to faint, with temperatures hitting the high 90s Fahrenheit. And in an unprecedented move, Wembley chiefs have now put themselves on a collision course with the star by snubbing her air-conditioning demands for her next six shows.
Wembley Arena marketing manager Colin Roberts said: "A lot of people realise that 12,000 people in a confined space will generate a lot of heat, as well as the production itself and the lights.
"There's a health and safety issue with regards to the audience and that's why we will be reviewing the situation and her requirements."
The snub will infuriate Madonna, who is very prickly when to comes to the sensitive matter of her vocal chords. Her and her husband Guy Ritchie have even reportedly resorted to sleeping in separate bedrooms because the singer refuses to sleep in an air-conditioned room.
Despite concert-goers on her American tour dates describing the heat as 'suffocating', US organisers refused to overrule her demands. But Wembley bosses insist that...