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Madge is a lucky star as she dodges fine for Aviva overrun

CHART-TOPPER Madonna proved she was the ultimate Material Girl after she narrowly avoided being hit with a fine for her Aviva Stadium concert.

The Herald can reveal how the pop icon (53) really bore the brunt of the Irish weather on Tuesday night when she took to the stage amidst driving rain for her entire performance.

But as well as threatening to rain on her parade, with Madonna at one point appealing to fans to pray for it to stop, it could also have resulted in her incurring a penalty for her Irish MDNA show.

She was due to finish her performance by 11pm -- but ran over by approximately seven minutes as she finished her final two songs after the strict curfew.

However, promoters MCD managed to secure an extension to the deadline, leaving her scott free to fly off on a private plane to Paris for the next stage in her concert.

According to a spokesman for Dublin City Council, the performance was due to begin at 9pm but was thwarted by the conditions, which left stadium staff having to repeatedly mop the stage for safety reasons.



Delayed

"Unfortunately, very poor weather on the night resulted in large numbers of attendees arriving late. For safety reasons this resulted in the start of Madonna's performance being delayed by over 20 minutes," he said.

"The concert promoters MCD made a request for a 10-minute extension to the 11pm finish time, to the relevant city council officials on site. The extension was granted. The concert finished at 11.07pm."

mfinn@herald.ie