Lauryn Hill’s weekend gigs at Brixton Academy have been heavily criticised online by disappointed fans.
The American hip-hop artist was performing two consecutive dates at Brixton Academy on Saturday and Sunday, after tickets for the first gig sold out in a matter of seconds. Initial criticism came after she was was over 90 minutes late onstage on Saturday night, with sound problems apparently plaguing the concert throughout. She went on to perform reinterpreted versions of songs from her number one ’98 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, shocking loyal fans.
The keenly anticipated shows proved a major disappointment to many, with fans taking to Twitter to share their views. The event was trending locally by the end of Saturday night, despite the venue only holding five thousand.
Why on earth she chose to remix her beautiful classic songs to the point of being unrecognisable (in a BAD way), I'll never know #laurynhill
— Tahirah Sharif (@TahirahSharif) September 20, 2014
I paid £50 a ticket for a DJ that asked which part of USA the audience were from (we're in London) & an hour (or less) set from #LaurynHill
— Dee (@doodah_8) September 20, 2014
Think I've just witnessed the worst version of 'Everything is everything' by #LaurynHill by Lauryn Hill
— Leo Fedorcio (@LeoFedorcio) September 20, 2014
Some fans were more forgiving on Sunday however, and remained convinced that, punctuality aside, she is just trying something new.
Seems like Lauryn Hill came to Brixton and performed a true live gig to many who don't understand music or art
— dxniel-san (@dxnielodu) September 22, 2014
Lauryn Hill was a whole mixture of opinions from me last night but there's no doubt she is still a living legend.
— ParrisOH. (@ParrisOH) September 22, 2014
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) September 21, 2014