I was a little unsure how M.I.A. would translate live, but it turns out I had no reason to doubt Maya’s ability to put on a killer show. After showcasing a couple new tracks, she rocketed through a medley of dance-party jams from Arular & Kala and didn’t let up the energy for the entire set, which included neon lights, booty dancers, heaps of swagger, near-deafening bass and a glorious sing-a-long to “Paper Planes”.
Setlist: Only 1 U / Bring the Noize / XR2 / Bucky Done Gun / Bird Flu / Bamboo Banga / Sunshowers / Come Walk With Me / Boyz / Story To Be Told / Born Free / Galang / Paper Planes / Bad Girls
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