British musician Tricky narrowly avoided the wrath of security guards at Britain's V Festival on Sunday night (22Aug10) after he lit up a cigarette onstage.
The star surprised fans during his set at the Stafford, England event when he disappeared offstage for several minutes only to re-emerge among revellers in the crowd to cheer on his band.
Tricky, real name Adrian Thaws, then lit up a cigarette, causing security guards to rush towards the star and demand he stub out the roll-up or leave the venue.
But officials were unable to force Tricky to stop smoking after fans mobbed the singer before he ran back onstage to finish the track - and his smoke.