The European leg of Madonna‘s Rebel Heart World Tour wrapped up in peculiar fashion Sunday when the singer’s concert at Glasgow, Scotland’s SSE Hydro cut the power to the stage and raised the house lights with one song left in the encore. Rather than ending the gig prematurely, a Santa hat-wearing Madonna and her team of dancers performed “Holiday” sans electricity – even her microphone was shut off – and turning the arena into a giant sing-along.
“We don’t stop ’til it’s over Glasgow! Don’t try to silence the Queen,” Madonna wrote on Instagram after the powerless “Holiday” performance. Despite rumors that the arena cut power after the concert started late and went past curfew – a similar incident happened during Madonna’s December 14th concert in Manchester, NME reports – a spokesperson for the SSE Hydro said in a statement that it was Madonna’s own production team that “disconnected” the electricity.
“Madonna finished her agreed set and then chose to come on for another song,” the spokesperson told The Scotsman. “By that stage, all the power and control equipment had already been disconnected by her own production engineers. I would stress that this was not a venue decision.”
Madonna’s Rebel Heart trek will resume January 6th in Mexico City before making up those postponed U.S. gigs that were pushed back due when the singer required more rehearsal time for the trek.