Toronto Is All Kinds of Angry About Lauryn Hill's Concert

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BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jul 19, 2018

Lauryn Hill is currently out on tour to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of her revered LP The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and despite a long history of the artist showing up late to her own shows, plenty of fans walked away disappointed by last night's (July 18) stop in Toronto. 

Fans on social media were dismayed at Hill showing up to the Budweiser Stage over an hour past her slated start time, only to perform for 45 minutes. An official itinerary posted at the venue had Hill scheduled to perform from 9:10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Multiple attendees claimed Hill spent time onstage criticizing her live band and tech crew while rushing through 10 tracks from her album, closing the set with her own take on Drake's "Nice for What," which samples her song "Ex-Factor."

While plenty of people were critical of Hill's performance, many others remained critical at their decision to buy tickets in the first place.

Twitter user @rebeccaga0 wrote, "The Lauryn Hill concert last night was really disappointing but mostly I'm mad at myself. Like, what did I expect from a Lauryn Hill concert in our Lord's year 2018?"

User @claudia_sicon was "more surprised by how surprised and upset ppl are by the long wait for her & the 45 set? Like, did you think she'd change her proven ways just for you, Toronto?"

Some of the night's disappointment also found its way down the bill to the opening acts. Dave East had initially been announced as an opener for the Toronto stop, but did not appear on the schedule. Another attendee alleged that the venue continued displaying ads on video boards during an opening set from Tierra Whack.

You can find reaction from the Toronto crowd below, while plenty of disappointed fans have also weighed in on the concert's Facebook event page.

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