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I am going to buy a ticket for a concert, and the show description says:

  • Door time: 7pm
  • Curfew: 10pm

I was thinking that curfew means the latest time you can access the venue, is this correct?
Or does it mean the time the concert will finish?

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    It is the latest it can finish. Curfew is lights out. If there is noise (and a lot of concerts are considered noise by those not attending them) there will be trouble with the local authorities. – oerkelens Nov 27 '14 at 20:35
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    It's a noise control curfew, where the sound must stop and therefore the concert must end. So the concert will close at 10 pm or they will be paying massive local authority fines. – user66974 Nov 27 '14 at 20:36
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    I think this is General Reference: curfew - an order establishing a specific time in the evening after which certain regulations apply, especially that no civilians or other specified group of unauthorized persons may be outdoors or that places of public assembly must be closed. – FumbleFingers Nov 27 '14 at 20:43
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    Fans can't always get what they want: bands caught out by curfews. telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rolling-stones/9703179/… – user66974 Nov 27 '14 at 20:44
  • Thank you all guys! Any of you could post that as an aswer and I'd happily accept it ;) – MikO Nov 27 '14 at 20:53
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Literally it means "A regulation requiring certain or all people to leave the streets or be at home at a prescribed hour" or "the time at which such a restriction begins or is in effect"Merriam-Webster usually because of political instability in a certain country or province. Here, in the context of a concert it means:

Everybody out by 10.00 pm.

That is, the concert is suposed to be over by 10 pm.

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