M.I.A. Gears Up For National Tour Later This Month

By Allen Starbury  |  09/09/2010

M.I.A.Hot off headlining UK festivals, M.I.A. is set to return to the States later this month for a national tour, beginning with the headlining slot at the V-Fest on September 25 in Washington D.C.

It's been quite a year for M.I.A. She released her third album, MAYA this July; signed Sleigh Bells to her N.E.E.T. Records label; released videos for both "Born Free" and "XXXO," blitzed "The Late Show with David Letterman" where "she hit with a vengeance, taking the stage with Martin Rev of Suicide and her own gang of Slim Shady's basically telling the haters to get f***ed", according to URB.com; hit number one on Radio 1; and hit the UK festival circuit -- beginning with London's Underage Fest August 3, where "M.I.A. ended the day with a massive show!" (The Guardian).

Her last UK show saw fans at The Big Chill festival rush the stage, forcing the show to end just a wee bit early. M.I.A. may be music's poster child for the saying 'never a dull moment'...and she's not done with us yet.

M.I.A. protégé, Rye Rye, will serve as a supporting on the upcoming dates. She is the first artist signed to M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T. label and will release her debut album, Go! Pop! Bang!, in early 2011.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

9/21 - Montreal @ Metropolis
9/22 - Toronto @ Sound Academy
9/25 - Washington DC @ V fest
9/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/27 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
9/29 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
9/30 - Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater
10/03 - Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University
10/04 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
10/05 - Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
10/09 - Austin, TX @ Zilker Park
10/12 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

More dates will be announced at a later date.