hmv.com reviews... M.I.A @ Lovebox Festival
Across the weekend, hmv.com will be down at Lovebox Festival in Hackney's Victoria Park to review all the top artists, finally it's M.I.A and a headline set that was marred by difficulties...
M.I.A, festival headliner, courter of controversy, purveyor of incredible, inventive R'N'B, always interesting, never predictable. Coming to the end of the tour for her new album Matangi (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page).
Lovebox Festival, headlining the main stage.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Considering what was to unfold (see below), the packed crowd was pretty patient and very supportive, they also went batshit during 'Paper Planes' and the final 'Bad Girls'.
So what was the set like? What did she play?
More than a little bit difficult. It started out fine with a blistering run through 'Bucky Done Gun', but it was clear from early on that M.I.A wasn't happy with the sound levels. She kept asking "Turn my mic up" and demanding the volume be pushed up. Then, around halfway through, she asked that the crowd come onstage to join her, lots did, far too many as it turned out. A crowd member accidentally kicked a cable out and the sound for the whole stage went. This meant the show had to be stopped while organisers fixed things and the stage had to be cleared. M.I.A returned for three more songs, including 'Paper Planes' and 'Bad Girls', but looked a little sheepish, ending her planned 75-minute set after just an hour.
There were plenty of bright moments earlier in the set, especially 'Sunshowers' and 'Bring The Noize', but it's not for those moments that the set will be remembered.
Any good between song banter?
Lots early on, plenty of 'Big up London Town' and demands for more noise from the crowd, which she got. But after the stoppage that all went away.
Did she put on much of a show?
A lavish backdrop and glow sticks, thousands of which were handed out to the crowd before the show started, it looked amazing from afar.
What was the highlight of the set?
Even after the stoppage, 'Paper Planes' still sounded absolutely brilliant.
Where can I catch them next?
She's got two festivals left on her summer tour and then she's done, at least for the time being...
hmv.com will be reviewing Lovebox Festival throughout the weekend, check back for reviews of the likes of A$AP Rocky, Chase & Status, BANKS and M.I.A.