Girl group the Sugababes have infuriated fans by turning up two hours late to a gig after threatening to pull out - and then refused to sign autographs.

The FREAK LIKE ME stars left their young followers in tears after failing to meet and greet them outside the venue at England's NORTHAMPTON BALLOON FESTIVAL last weekend (20-22AUG04), according to Britain's DAILY SPORT newspaper.

One disgruntled fan says, "I always thought that stars became famous because of the loyalty shown by their fans. If that's the case then they should show them some respect."

The band - minus Heidi Range who was ill at home with tonsillitis - earlier enraged organisers at the event by threatening to axe their appearance just hours before they were scheduled to go onstage.

Promoters responded by desperately searching for a replacement band, before festival bosses insisted the Sugababes should perform.

Mutya Buena and KEISHA BUCHANAN subsequently left crowd-members waiting in the rain for two hours before finally taking to the stage, reports the newspaper.

25/08/2004 14:03