Dec 2, 2023 at 12:09 AM Update: 3 minutes ago
Madonna only started her first of two concerts in Amsterdam at 10:30 PM on Friday, about an hour and a half later than planned. The concert lasted until 12:45 am. Hundreds of fans had to leave early because otherwise they would miss their train.
The support act in the Ziggo Dome started later and did not end until after 9 p.m. Normally Madonna would have started her concert at that moment. During the long wait, the audience became somewhat restless and flute concerts sounded.
It wasn’t until 12:45 am that the last song was over. Madonna skipped Music, the encore she played earlier during the tour. That probably had to do with the time.
Many fans had already left the Ziggo Dome around midnight, otherwise they would miss their train. Angry fans who asked the NS on X whether an extra late train was being deployed were told that this could no longer be arranged. The organizer should have requested this earlier.
MOJO already warned on signs that it was getting late
Visitors always react angry and disappointed on social media. “My niece emptied her piggy bank for a ticket and had to leave after seven songs,” someone wrote on X.
More dissatisfied fans made themselves heard on social media. “Looks like she better change her name to Pardonna,” one person joked. “Pay expensively and then go home in time to catch your last transport,” wrote another on Facebook.
Festival organizer MOJO warned fans before the concert about possible delays. Madonna has often started her concerts later than planned lately. At the beginning of the evening, it was announced on the facade of the Ziggo Dome that the concert would not end until after midnight. “Keep a close eye on the NS app,” the signs read.
Madonna with her dancers during The Celebration Tour. Photo: NL Image
Critics and fans highly praised the show
Moreover, fans and critics who were able to stay until the end were very satisfied with the show that Madonna put on. De Telegraaf writes that “the superstar crowned herself the undisputed Queen of Pop in Amsterdam in a truly dazzling show”.
Het Parool speaks of a “frantic spectacle in which she completely changes stage in almost every song and plays something from almost every of her albums”. “Even for a pure greatest hits show, Madonna has too many hits.”
Madonna interrupted the series of hits once for a monologue. On World AIDS Day, the ‘Queen of Pop’ talked about all the friends she lost to the disease in the 1980s. This was followed by an acoustic version of the song I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Madonna asked all visitors at that moment to light up their phone screen, so that the Ziggo Dome turned into a sea of lights.