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Visa issues overcome, MIA books first US shows since 2014

By | Published on Tuesday 9 May 2017


MIA has booked in two festival dates in the US this September. Visa problems? Nah.

As previously reported, a year ago MIA told fans that she wasn’t expecting her latest album, ‘AIM’, to be released in the US, because she was at that point unable to get a visa in order to go over and promote it. “Can’t tour the US without a visa”, she said at the time. “Might have to start writing songs for DJ Khaled and Selena Gomez to get heard”.

Hopes that US tour dates might be imminent were raised when she revealed on Instagram that she had been granted the right to enter the country in October last year, later tweeting from LA in January.

US fan will now get the chance to see her perform at Riot Fest in Chicago and The Meadows in New York on the weekend of 15-17 Sep. These will be her first US shows since 2014.

Next month, in the UK MIA will curate the Southbank Centre Meltdown Festival in London. As well as performances from artists such as Giggs, Princess Nokia, Crystal Castles and MIA herself, there will be a day of talks co-hosted by CMU as part of the ten day event.