He and his fans took to social media to criticise the action, with one fan calling it “un-Melburnian”.
“Well that was a load of wank getting cut off last song,” Gallagher wrote.
“250 thousand dollar fine if we played over the curfew last night 250 thousand dollars 250 thousand dollars.”
“I mean those tunes are biblical and I’m the f—ing biblical brother but c’mon that’s a f—ing piss take who ever made that rule needs to stop smoking SPICE.”
Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, which manages Margaret Court Arena, acknowledged the “disappointing outcome for the many thousands of fans” who attended Wednesday night’s concert, but suggested the blame lay with the tour’s promoter, Secret Sounds.
The Trust said its 11pm curfew was implemented to abide by Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) requirements, and said it worked with event promoters to take measures like lowering the volume when an event was likely to go past 11pm.
“In no instance has the Trust requested a performance be abruptly finished and on this occasion tour management made the decision to end the performance at 11pm,” a spokeswoman for the Trust said.
But the tour manager, Secret Sounds, said it was Gallagher’s team who decided to pull the plug on the event, in fear of the potential $250,000 fine.
“Curfew is curfew, so the last song of his set was cut short by his team who wanted to respect those rules and the surrounding residents. This was not carried out by the venue directly,” a Secret Sounds spokeswoman said.
Former AFL star Matthew Richardson labelled the matter a “joke”.
“Melbourne lives up to its name – a NANNY STATE,” tweeted Otto Clinton.
Another Twitter user, identified as Jon, claimed Gallagher’s show started late because stadium officials wanted it to end slightly later than Elton John’s show at Rod Laver Arena in order to stagger foot traffic.
“And because of this, Liam’s set got cut off half way through the last song which was already two less songs than he played in Sydney … I can’t wait to move back to England,” he wrote.