Lauryn Hill to headline Raggamuffin 2013

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The headline act for Raggamuffin 2013 is international superstar Lauryn Hill - and organisers say there will  be more international acts than at past festivals.


Raggamuffin 2013 will again be a two-day reggae festival at the Rotorua International Stadium and be held on

February 1 and 2.


Other artists announced as part of the line up include Alborosie, J Boog, Fiji, The Green, Common Kings, Gappy Ranks, Hot Rain, Monsta G, Tomorrow People, Swiss, Brownhill, Katchafire and Herbs. There are more international artists to be announced shortly as well as great NZ bands and DJs.


This will be Hill's second time in the Raggamuffin line-up.


She first performed at Rotorua's Raggamuffin festival in 2010 in front of a crowd of about 30,000 people.


Hill will headline the two-day festival and organisers say next year's Raggamuffin will feature more international acts than past festivals mixed in with the best homegrown talent.


Organisers say festival-goers are guaranteed a ``mind-blowing'' experience. In addition to securing some of the

world's biggest artists, Raggamuffin has signed more than 12 international acts, chasing some of the sizzling new artists as well as the legends.


New Zealand festival director Jackie Sanders said the Raggamuffin 2013 line-up would be the biggest.


``We wanted to expand the festival's horizons and present a taste of what's current and hot right now,'' Ms Sanders

said.


``It is exciting to be bringing the greatest line-up we've ever had to Rotorua in 2013.''


Hill has been Raggamuffin's most requested artist by the fans. She first performed at the festival in 2010 and

returns to headline Raggamuffin 2013.


Hill established a reputation in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees, whose record sales would make them the second biggest selling R&B act worldwide since Michael Jackson.


She launched her solo career with the release of the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album, The

Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The recording sold more than 19 million copies and earned a record breaking five

Grammy Awards.


When Hill last performed at Raggamuffin, local All Blacks at the time Liam Messam and Tanerau Latimer

presented the hip hop star a piece of New Zealand to take home with her - an All Blacks jersey.


Messam and Latimer met Hill after her 2010 performance at Raggamuffin.


The pair gifted the jersey and posed for photographs with the singer, who at the time said she'd have worn the jersey on stage if she'd received it before her set.


Tickets for Raggamuffin 2013 will go on sale at 9am tomorrow through Ticketmaster.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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