Festivals M.I.A. brings ferocious headline set to Bestival 2018

MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann

The rapper closed the Castle Stage with her brand of furiously potent pop.

Being the final main stage headliner at a festival is never an easy task but if we’ve come to know anything about Bestival’s closing act, it’s that she’s never one to fear a challenge.

With the Castle Stage draped in yellow fabric and a huge palatial structure finding its home at the back of the stage, it’s clear that M.I.A.’s performance is going to be a big one: when she bursts onto the stage, accompanied by two dancers, it’s in a torrent of energy which sets the tone for her whole set.

Barely pausing for breath, she whips up the crowd into a frenzy, darting through the potency of ‘Bamboo Banga’, ‘Y.A.L.A.’ and ‘Story To Be Told’ with a slick but ferocious speed. Backed by multicoloured, ever-changing animations and a sea of striking strobes, her mash-up of ‘Bad Girls’ and ‘Boyz’ is a fierce highlight, M.I.A. herself conducting the crowd’s singalong before diving towards the barrier for ‘Galang’. It’s then that things take a stranger turn. After initially arriving on stage fifteen minutes late, she’s suddenly told she has seven minutes left - barely enough time to finish her set - but after she’s given the all clear to continue as planned, things settle back into their furiously funky rhythm.

Closing with ginormo-hit ‘Paper Planes’ - and firing off the final round of the World’s Biggest Confetti Cannon for good measure - M.I.A.’s set tonight proves that being both pop and provocative may be a fine art, but it’s one she really has nailed.

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MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann
MIA, Bestival 2018 by Emma Swann

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