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The Maya Tour (stylized as /\/\ /\ Y /\ Tour) is a 2010 global M.I.A. concert tour performed in support of her third studio album Maya (see 2010 in music).[1] It began on 21 September 2010 in North America and was M.I.A.'s third major global performing tour following the birth of her first child. The tour was announced on 8 September 2010, with dates for Canadian, American and European venues revealed. According to photo albums on the musician's official Facebook page, the North American leg was branded the Reboot/Reboost Tour 2010, while the Sexynsofistic8d Tour formed the European leg of her 2010 concerts. M.I.A. handled costumes and stage direction, which departed from the productions of the preceding 2007-2008 Kala Tour and People Vs. Money Tours.

Maya Tour
Tour by M.I.A.
Associated albumMaya (2010)
Start date21 September 2010
No. of shows16 in North America
28 in Europe
8 in Australia
2 in Japan

in total
M.I.A. concert chronology

While on tour, her performance at the LokerseFeesten in Lokeren, Flanders, Belgium drew a crowd of 13,500, the biggest of the 10-day music festival. Her performance at The Big Chill in Herefordshire, England was cut short due to a massive stage invasion by fans, while her performance at Hard Festival in New York was received negatively. She performed a show free to New York fans in light of the reaction. In Portugal performing at Festival Sudoeste, she revealed her intentions to shoot a new music video with director Spike Jonze, although this did not materialize. M.I.A. was joined on stage at the Flow Festival in Finland by Derek Miller of Sleigh Bells. Another N.E.E.T. label signee Rye Rye also opened on selected dates during the tour. The Sexynsofistic8d Tour marked M.I.A.'s second appearance at the Sónar in Barcelona, following her first appearance in 2005's Arular Tour, and saw the musician returning to perform at several venues she had first played during her debut global tour.

In January 2011, following the release of her free mixtape Vicki Leekx in the new year, she returned to the Big Day Out festival, marking M.I.A.'s first visit to New Zealand, and kick starting her Australian dates of the tour. Her costumes and style changed during this leg, having dyed her hair platinum blonde in an apparent tribute to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and following on from the name and themes of the mixtape. She cancelled two appearances in the UK in 2010 due to her son's sickness, and in May 2011, posted a TwitPic of her with a broken leg, playing with her son. She tweeted "Doh , scrapin playdoh off robot let brace lookin like the 5th member of black eyed peas right now" before continuing "When u stand up, 1st they break ur moral, then they break ur work, then ur leg, but the beauty in enduring is that u can endure more!" She had cancelled her February 2011 dates in Japan.

The 2010-2011 tour featured a new setlist, featuring new songs from Maya. Included as an opening intro song at venues such as Sónar and the Roskilde Festival in Denmark was an animation video accompanying the Hindu slokam Veṅkaṭeśasuprabhātam (Suprabhatam) composed by Prativādibhayaṅkara Śrī Anantācārya, the Rāmānujācārya of Kanchipuram, to awaken the deity Venkateswara of the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple. The tour ended with her performance at the Exit Festival, Novi Sad in Serbia.


Tour detailsEdit


M.I.A. promoted the album with a series of appearances at music festivals, including the Hard festival in New York and The Big Chill in Herefordshire. Her performance at the latter was cut short due to a stage invasion by fans.[2] She also performed at the Flow Festival in Finland, where she was joined onstage by Derek E. Miller playing guitar during her performance of "Meds and Feds",[3] and the LokerseFeesten in Lokeren, Flanders, Belgium, where her performance drew a crowd of 13,500, the biggest of the 10-day music festival.[4] M.I.A. performed at the 2010 Virgin Mobile Festival, Festival Sudoeste, Way Out West Festival, Underage Festival and Øyafestivalen.[5][6][7] In September she announced a tour, with Sleigh Bells and Rye Rye as alternating support acts, with the tour lasting until the end of the year.[8]


M.I.A. tweeted on 19 Nov "my baby is sick @ home in london i m sorry to my liverpool fans, but ill b in leeds 2maro c u there . watching yo gabba gabba !". Subsequently, this meant her Liverpool show was cancelled.[9]


Set listEdit

  • "The Message (Intro)"
  • "Illygirl"
  • "Bucky Done Gun"
  • "XR2"
  • "Boyz"
  • "World Town"
  • "Steppin' Up"
  • "Teqkilla"
  • "Story To Be Told"
  • "Born Free"
  • "Bamboo Banga"
  • "Galang"
  • "Paper Planes"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America
21 September 2010 Montreal Canada Métropolis
22 September 2010 Toronto Sound Academy
25 September 2010 Columbia United States Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010
26 September 2010 Philadelphia The Electric Factory
27 September 2010 New York City Terminal 5
29 September 2010 Chicago The Vic Theatre
30 September 2010
3 October 2010 Ithaca Cornell University
4 October 2010 Boston Royal Boston
5 October 2010
6 October 2010 New York City Brooklyn Bowl
9 October 2010 Austin Zilker Park
12 October 2010 Oakland Fox Oakland Theatre
14 October 2010 Los Angeles Mayan Theater
17 October 2010 Seattle Showbox at the Market
18 October 2010 Portland Roseland Theater
10 November 2010 London United Kingdom O2 Academy Brixton
11 November 2010 Oxford O2 Academy Oxford
12 November 2010 Dublin Ireland Tripod
13 November 2010 Manchester United Kingdom The Warehouse Project
15 November 2010 Antwerp Belgium Muziekcentrum TRIX
16 November 2010 Cologne Germany E-Werk
17 November 2010 Berlin Columbiahalle
19 November 2010 Liverpool United Kingdom O2 Academy Liverpool
20 November 2010 Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
22 November 2010 Glasgow O2 Academy Glasgow
24 November 2010 Kortrijk Belgium De Kreun
25 November 2010 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso Grote Zaal
Eindhoven STRP Festival
28 November 2010 Munich Germany Muffathalle
29 November 2010 Zurich Switzerland Rote Fabrik
30 November 2010 Vienna Austria Gasometer
2 December 2010 Milan Italy Alcatraz
3 December 2010 Rome Atlantico Live
6 December 2010 Madrid Spain La Riviera
7 December 2010 Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz
10 December 2010 Rennes France Transmusicales
11 December 2010 Paris Le Trianon
21 January 2011 Auckland New Zealand Big Day Out 2011
23 January 2011 Gold Coast Australia
27 January 2011 Sydney
28 January 2011 The Metro Theatre
30 January 2011 Melbourne Big Day Out 2011
1 February 2011 Palace Theatre
4 February 2011 Adelaide Big Day Out 2011
6 February 2011 Perth
11 February 2011 Tokyo Japan Studio Coast
12 February 2011 Zepp Tokyo
16 June 2011 Barcelona Spain Sónar Festival
17 June 2011 A Coruña
28 June 2011 Borlänge Sweden Peace & Love
30 June 2011 Gdynia Poland Heineken Open'er Festival
30 June 2011 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
7 July 2011 Trenčín Slovakia Bažant Pohoda
7 July 2011 Novi Sad Serbia Exit Festival


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  2. ^ Wardrop, Murray (1 April 2010). "Massive Attack and M.I.A. to headline Big Chill Festival". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  3. ^ "MIA closes day two of Flow Festival". NME. IPC Media. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Meer dan 120.000 bezoekers op Lokerse Feesten". De Morgen (in Dutch). 8 August 2010. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  5. ^ Pinheiro, Davide (6 August 2010). "Sudoeste atrai os estreantes". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 6 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  6. ^ "MIA and Tinchy Stryder to play Underage Festival". BBC. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  7. ^ Rachel, Bailey (18 May 2010). "LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Flaming Lips, The Strokes, Many More to Play 2010 Austin City Limits Festival". Paste. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  8. ^ Hudson, Alex (8 September 2010). "M.I.A. Schedules World Tour, Plays Montreal, Toronto". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  9. ^ _M_I_A_. "miauniverse (@_M_I_A_) op Twitter". Retrieved 24 March 2012.

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