Lauryn Hill Fires Back at Feisty Atlanta Fans, Beyoncé Adds New ‘Formation’ Tour Dates

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Lauryn Hill is on the defense after showing up two hours late for a performance at Atlanta’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre this weekend, arriving more than two hours after showtime as Beyoncé announced new tour dates for her “Formation” tour.

Hill’s May 6 performance was shut down at 11 p.m. sharp due to a strict curfew. The singer’s set lasted less than 40 minutes. It began with her being booed upon arrival and ended with her flashing her hands off stage as if to ask for 10 more minutes to play.

Yet Hill captured fan’s attention as they happily sang along to “Ex-Factor,” complete with a guitar solo. Afterward, the singer left the stage and greeted individuals in the crowd, shaking hands and connecting with them, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

One fan called her out for her tardiness.

“My driver got lost, I can’t control that,” Hill says in the video.

But the fan does not believe her.

“I heard your sound check at 4 o’clock,” he responds.

Hill responded to the criticism in a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon, saying she promises to make it up to Atlanta fans. She explains that her lateness is due to having issues focusing her creativity into designated time frames.

As Hill plans to make another pass through Atlanta, Beyoncé will also return to the city. The “Lemonade” record maker announced additional North American show dates for her Formation World Tour.

According to Beyoncé’s official website, the singer has added eight new shows to her tour following the European leg. She will return to the States on Sept. 7 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. After making two stops in California, she’ll perform in her hometown of Houston, followed by New Orleans and another stop in Atlanta. Philadelphia will host the Sept. 29 show, and the tour will wrap in Nashville on Oct. 2.

The last show in the leg will make up for the postponed set that was supposed to happen May 5. An unofficial Formation Tour Twitter account claimed the postponement was due to stadium construction.

But a tweet from Nashville’s Nissan Stadium said it was “ready and able” to host the concert.

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