LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Guns N' Roses have been warned not to turn up late for their gigs at Britain's Reading and Leeds music festivals this weekend.
Event organizers, police and local government officials are adamant the rockers must adhere to their curfew according to a press release.
The group, led by frontman Axl Rose, has become notorious for taking to the stage behind schedule in recent years and the last time the band performed at the double U.K. event in 2002, they didn't begin playing until an hour after their slated finish time.
But organizer Melvin Benn is determined to make sure Guns N' Roses stick to the rules this year, because he is under mounting pressure from local authorities to finish the event on time.
"It's just not an option. I mean, it is certainly an option for them to go on late, but that for me is just about disrespecting their fans. There isn't an option for them to carry on late, though," Benn said according to NME. "Unfortunately, (this year) the police and the local authorities in particular have reaffirmed their position to me that the curfew has to be adhered to. It's 11pm at Leeds and it's 11.30pm at Reading. The truth is that I can't allow the performance to go on beyond that – it's just that simple."
Arcade Fire and Blink-182 are among the other acts due to headline the Reading and Leeds Festivals which run from August 27-29. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers