M.I.A: I don't do stage collaborations

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 May 2014


MIA insists she doesn't like stage collaborations at festivals but would like to have a hologram of Julian Assange on stage

M.I.A insists she doesn't like stage collaborations at festivals.

The 'Double Bubble Trouble' singer, who will headline London's Lovebox festival in July in Victoria Park, isn't a fan of sharing a stage with someone but claims there are a few ways she would like to bring something different to her live shows.

Asked if she ever does on stage collaborations at festivals, she told TIME Out magazine: "No, I'm really boring like that. That's an American hip hop thing, and I want a whole bunch of other sh*t. It would be nice to have a hologram of Julian Assange. I [also] want this dancer from Africa, he's the only guy on the whole planet who can dance as fast as he does. He's from this tiny village. I really want him to be a part of the show, but I think I'll have to actually go there and help him to get a passport. It's not very easy."

The 38-year-old star will play Lovebox the day after her birthday but admits she doesn't really like the celebration.

She said: "I don't really do anything for my birthday. I have a birthday complex, and just don't deal with it. All my family are coming, and my little nephews and neices are old enough to come and see me now."


Influential and much respected multi-genre Anglo-Asian rapper with an admirable pop streak too.


London's boutique dance festival founded by Groove Armada.

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