Saturday 14 December 2019

Angry fans blast Lauryn Hill on Twitter after disastrous London comeback show

Singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill did not impress the majority of fans on her UK comeback
Singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill did not impress the majority of fans on her UK comeback

Neela Debnath

Frustrated fans of Lauryn Hill took to Twitter last night to criticise the singer after she arrived an hour and a half late for a show at the O2 Brixton Academy.

The gig was the first of five UK performances in half a decade from the former member of The Fugees but unfortunately it was mired in controversy.

From the 90-minute wait for the singer to the supporting acts to technical issues, there were plenty of disappointed fans in the nearly 5,000-seat auditorium.

The warm-up act DJ Tieks left the crowd cold after he asked if any of them were from the West Coast of America despite the show being in London. 

The fan ire was such that “Lauryn Hill” started trending on Twitter, with one user called Yuichi commenting; “Lauryn hill is the most disappointing concert I have ever been to. It’s heartbreaking.”

When Hill did emerge, her set caused further criticism when she performed remixed version of her hits and the sound quality and was booed by the audience.

She has only released one album in 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and an unplugged album, which may be why the revamped arrangements of her hits did not go down well with the audience.

The show only picked up towards the end when she sang ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ but it came a little too late.

While another user called Babs described the performance as “art” and told fans not to complain.

The singer who is on Twitter, but appears to be an infrequent user of the social network, has remained quiet about the incident.

Hill will be performing again tonight at the Brixton Academy.

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