Lauryn Hill took the main stage headlining at the Halifax Jazz Festival on Tuesday [July 12] in Canada. Despite the rain, the show went on as Hill wowed the sold out crowd of nearly 5,000 people with her classic songs dating back to the 1990s.
The biggest joke of the night had to do with Hill’s constant tardiness. “Nearly everyone I spoke to ahead of the show offered some joke or hot take amounting to “‘How late do you think she’ll start?'” writes Exclaim. Her bad reputation did not stop ticket sales as they sold out months ago and the crowd strolled in anxiously awaiting her performance.
At nearly 11pm, it began to pour. The crowd sheltered under umbrellas and covered seating, but the rain only lasted 30 minutes and Lauryn Hill took the stage with her band once again. She opened her performance with “Conformed to Love”, an unreleased track and two songs from MTV Unplugged No. 2. She also performed hits from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill like “Killing Me Softly” and “Lost Ones.” She wowed the crowed as she performed something for everyone, including The Fugees fans.
“Despite the weather, thank you so much,” Hill said, before ending her concert. “Killing Me Softly” had the biggest crowd reaction until she performed “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to end the show. The crowd sang along with Hill waving their hands in the air and rocking to the beat.