M.I.A. Promises Free Show After HARD Fest Flameout
To amend for her disappointing performance at HARD Festival on Saturday (July 24) at Governor's Island in New York, M.I.A. announced on Twitter last night that she will play a free live show in New York City. The singer expressed her frustration with the show's sound problems and promised a free gig for HARD Fest ticketholders after her headlining set was cut short due to threats of lightning.
"Fuck it! im gonna do a free show in nyc when i get back, tho i dont have powers over rain! if u still have the hard ticket u free! Xxxo." M.I.A. tweeted. She added that she would also admit fans who didn't attend HARD Fest "if you do me a lil dance."
HARD Fest featured problem-free performances from Die Antwoord, Sleigh Bells and Rye Rye, but technical issues reportedly drowned out M.I.A.'s vocals during her set. The singer also spit on a photographer from music blog Brooklyn Vegan during the show.
"Money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go, they turn u lower!" M.I.A. wrote on Twitter the morning after the performance.
M.I.A., who is scheduled to begin a European trek on Aug. 1 in London, did not offer any clues as to the date of the free show. Her latest album, "/\/\ /\ Y /\," debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 last week with 28,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.