That’s one way to kill the headline act vibe.
MIA had the power cut during her Saturday night headline set at Lovebox Festival as the sound and visuals stayed down for several lengthy minutes.
The political pop star had just brought a large group of audience members on stage to dance with her – only to have the video and sound all fall apart shortly there after. This lead to the odd image of a number of audience members dancing on the stage to no actual music before everyone finally realised what had happened.
There are reports that the sound cut occurred because one of the dancing audience members kicked out a cable while on stage (is that really all it takes to lose sound and power to an entire stage?).
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Ironically the sound cut occurred after MIA had repeatedly said her mic wasn’t loud enough and that she couldn’t hear anything – apparently the festival took her a little too literally.
As time began to drag on with no sign of the power returning audience members began to boo. Social media reports of the singer heading offstage as technicians worked to get the show back on the road were quick to circulate.
Fortunately the whole palaver only lasted a few minutes, with MIA returning to the stage to finish off the set with another three tracks including Paper Planes – though sound issues remained. This ended her planned 75-minute long set after only an hour.
The singer also took a moment out of her set to draw attention to the Gaza protests occuring earlier in the day in London.
The show marked the end of a scorcher of a weekend out in Victoria Park that also saw performances from Chase and Status, Katy B, Nas and many more. Despite kicking off on the hottest day of the year so far, huge crowds of festival goers remained undaunted as they made the trek out to the park for a weekend of sun and sound.