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The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday): M.I.A. headlining the West Holts Stage with ‘Paper Planes’

 
By on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 8:30 pm
 

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Okay, so maybe not fit for a queen in the conventional sense, but neon sticks waving in the air for M.I.A.‘s headline slot was a sight to see Friday at Glastonbury 2014. Break our your best gun-slinging hand gestures for her breakout hit ‘Paper Planes’, which you can watch below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXoeCqHR0gM[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1385: M.I.A.

 
By on Sunday, 17th November 2013 at 10:00 am
 

I was going through the TGTF archives and I was surprised the last time we’d written about M.I.A. was for her 2012 video for ‘Bad Girls’. I was in the mood for something beat heavy this morning, so here for your sonic enjoyment (more than the visual, because I think the promo itself is pretty much a snooze), here is M.I.A.’s ‘YALA’, utilising those trippy colours otherwise usually commandeered by the current reborn psychedelic scene.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4VQoP2_eL4[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #701: M.I.A.

 
By on Saturday, 4th February 2012 at 10:00 am
 

While Lana Del Rey has been playing the submissive ‘bad girl’, M.I.A. proves in the promo for her new song ‘Bad Girls’ that being a bad girl in the Middle East involves not wearing a burka, wearing your bra over your clothes, setting fires in the middle of the desert and having your mates perform crazy tricks with their cars. More ‘Rock the Casbah’ in real life, as it were.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uYs0gJD-LE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #326: M.I.A.

 
By on Tuesday, 17th August 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

Last month, British-Tamil musicial M.I.A. released her third studio album ‘Maya,’ and last week she released the video for it’s first official single, ‘XXXO.’ (Several tracks from the album were made available online before the album’s release.) The video is a lot of fun, and is heavily influenced by internet culture. In addition to having her name and other phrases written out in Arabic-like script, it looks like the video version of the glittery ridiculousness you can make on Blingee.com. The video is shaping up to be huge, with over 1.8million views within three days of being uploaded, so give it a look and let us know what you think in the comments!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfbQ5mHWkOs[/youtube]

 

Preview: Underage Festival 2010

 
By on Thursday, 8th April 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Remember when you were sixteen, and the super coolest indie troupe were playing at the super coolest local venue, but hey, you weren’t allowed in, no Sirey, as you, little one, were under the age of 18. Argh, the mass of frustration which followed. Why must tiny digits disallow someone from seeing brilliant music live? Well that’s exactly what Underage Festival thought. And alas, they have flicked their finger to the whole ‘Over 18 only’ cliché, and started an event which is for young ones, and young ones only!

Yes, you are only permitted through the gate of Underage Festival, which takes place in Victoria Park, London, if you are 18 and under. The festival aims to provide an awesome event for those who might not have access to the general gig laden with age restrictions. No alcohol is permitted on the site, and the website even has a section devoted to parents, but despite it’s clean cut ways, each year proves to be a completely and utterly rad party with a fantastic line up to boot.

2010 is no different. Already confirmed to be playing the gig on Sunday 1st August include M.I.A, Ellie Goulding (pcitured right), Daisy Dares You, Chapel Club, Egyptian Hip Hop, New Young Pony Club, Los Campesinos!, Lightspeed Champion, Hadouken!, General Fiasco, Stornoway and Tinchy Stryder.

Kinda cooler than the er, school concert huh?

Tickets for the event are a mere £29.50, so if you’re 18 and under and dig the sound of Underage, why not grab one now? I won’t deny it, I am quite jealous. Damn youngsters!

 

Preview: The 51st Grammy Awards

 
By on Sunday, 8th February 2009 at 8:07 pm
 

RadioheadIt’s that time of year again, readers, when the who’s who in music gather together at the Staples Centre, in Los Angeles, to celebrate the world famous ceremony that is the Grammy Awards. This year’s bash has been a particular success for British artists. Home-bred talent such as Coldplay (pictured top), Radiohead (pictured right), Duffy, Leona Lewis and Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant are all up for coveted gongs ranging from ‘Album of the Year’ to ‘Best New Artist’. Brits performing at the awards include Adele, Paul McCartney, Estelle and M.I.A – who has riskily decided to go on with the show despite the fact her baby is due that very night!

Further performances come from Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Jonas Brothers, U2 and even a potential surprise appearance from Green Day. The band have hinted on their website, that they may be showing at this year’s awards despite a near 5 year hiatus since releasing hit-album, American Idiot.

The nominees and consequent winners of the gongs’ are decided by a board of around 10000 members made up of artists, songwriters, producers and music engineers. American rapper, Lil Wayne, is the artist to receive the greatest amount of nominations this year, claiming a cool eight nods. Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Mayer, The Eagles and Metallica are other name’s that will be featuring across a significant array of awards tonight. Meanwhile, Neil Diamond is set to be awarded the acclaimed MusiCares Person of the Year title, which aims to recognise those who have made both an outstanding contribution to music as well as charity-work. Previous winners of the award include Bono, Sting and Aretha Franklin.

Catch all the Grammy action tomorrow night (Monday 9th), at 9pm on ITV2.

 
 
 

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