Lauryn Hill addresses Atlanta concert tardiness, says she'll make it up to fans

Lauryn Hill will launch the Chastain season.

By JEWEL WICKER/, originally filed Sunday, May 8, 2016

Fans, musicians and the media have all weighed in on Lauryn Hill's tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer's name to trend on Twitter for much of the day yesterday.

But the one person who remained silent was Lauryn Hill.

Now, in a message posted to Facebook, the singer says she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Due to her late arrival and the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her sound was cut off.

"I have nothing but Love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show," the note reads.

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message does not make mention of this.

Here is a portion of the message:

Because I care so deeply about the artistic process, I scrutinize, have perfectionist tendencies, and want space made for spontaneity, which is not an easy process, with the many moving parts on the road. Some days we are more successful than others re time. However, the vitality that is infused into the performances is always appreciated by the audiences, who may not know exactly what it took to accomplish. What hasn't been touched upon by the media, I'm sure, are the hundreds of people who rushed the stage and stayed in excess of an hour after the show ended last night, just to connect.

Hill says she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

Read the full message here.

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Jewel Wicker
Jewel Wicker is an Atlanta native, Georgia State University graduate and entertainment reporter. She typically covers local events.