Posted in music | pictures on July 26, 2010

photos by Andrew St. Clair

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"The [Saturday night Governors Island HARD FEST] set started with "Steppin Up," with M.I.A. backed by about a dozen power drills as part of the rhythm track: noise triumphant. But M.I.A.'s vocals were often so buried in echo, and the bass so bloated, that her lyrics just became more of the din, and the songs that she segued together like a disc-jockey set were barely distinguishable. Instead of a barrage, it was a morass.

Her set was cut short by thunder and lightning, which she attributed to God and answered with a last defiant gesture: rapping "Born Free," which vows to speak her mind, a cappella as her backup group shut down. But an exodus from her set had begun well before the downpour." [NY Times]

I was there and I have to agree about the sound. M.I.A. agrees too, and not surprisingly, has taken to Twitter to deal with the accusations, and the rain. About the sound she wrote, "money doesnt buy u shit! i thought more money means better sound guys in america/\/\/\! i was wrong, the higher u go , they turn u lower!", and "fuck technology! even the stage broke + parts of it fell off in the storm". And about the rain, well, check out the Twitter screenshot above! Don't have a Hard Fest ticket? Don't worry because Maya also promises that "if u do me a lil dance , ill let u in too!" We'll make sure to keep you posted when and if more details emerge.

In related news, the rained-on Modest Mouse show that happened one night earlier has been rescheduled, and the rained-on Williamsburg Waterfront show that happened one day later went on as planned, but later and in a different venue.

OK, so if you're following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)". That makes this post PART THREE, and it includes photos from the same artists as well as more crowd pics and Skream + Benga who played too. Those pictures, which include a shot of M.I.A,'s planned setlist, continue below...

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and as I said above...

OK, so if you'll following along, you saw: "Die Antwoord steal the show while topless girl dances (video), M.I.A. spits on a photographer (pics), rain, lasers & more... (HARD NYC in review - part 1)" which was followed by "Die Antwoord played MHOW & Governors Island (pics, video)" which was followed by "HARD FEST NYC in pics (part 2.5) (Ninjasonik, Rye Rye, Theophilus London, MIA & more)".
So click those links for more pictures. The end.

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Comments (40)

DONT FUCK WIT DA NATURE AND RAIN N SHIT!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:09 PM

hate the rain, but now looking forward to all these rescheduled dates.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:12 PM

im down. <3 mia.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:20 PM

She is doing a free show and if you have a hard ticket from the Hard show you get in for free. So that means you get in free anyway, sucks for people who paid 70 bucks to see that crap.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:22 PM

These photos suck.

These (http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/07/die_antwoord_st.html) are a lot better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:26 PM

mia is very good at blaming other people for her problems

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:34 PM

^
written by alexander stein's mom?

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 8:35 PM

@8:35 No.

Posted by Alexander Stein's grandmother | July 26, 2010 8:48 PM

These do suck.

Posted by Andrew St. Clair's mom | July 26, 2010 9:46 PM

Is this a 'good' thing? To see her again. I just don't understand. Was she any good at all? Neer Neer Neer Neer

Posted by Mojo Maniac | July 26, 2010 10:03 PM

"Free" is still too expensive for one of this no-talent bitch's shows.

Let me know when she offers to pay us for attending.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 10:13 PM

8:26/Mom - Yeah it's hard to beat those blurry but iconic pictures of an entertainer spitting into a telephoto lens. I promise I'll make it up to you guys. When she returns for the free show, I'll ask her to vomit into my camera. Fair enough?

Posted by Andrew St. Clair | July 26, 2010 10:16 PM

someone wipe ninjasonik off the face of the earth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 10:24 PM

that chick from die antwoord is weirdly hot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 10:53 PM

this photographer should leave the real photography to others and stick to what he does best: stalk pretty girls and wait for them to lean forward so he can snap a picture of their cleavage.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 11:05 PM

Everyone's a critic. I love the pics. I love MAYA. And I love our rich melting pot.

Posted by Mojo Maniac | July 26, 2010 11:10 PM

@1053, Nope. No she is not. She looks like she is in the chrysalis of becoming a prawn.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 11:11 PM

That's not fair to blame the photographer for shooting a hot chick in a low cut top at a venue where he or she is shooting. You people (and it's always the same one person) act like he was taking upskirt pictures. Jesus! Everyone was staring at her boobs anyway. Don't click and look at the 3rd to last picture if you don't want to be offended for the rest of your lives.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/07/heartless_basta_5.html

For the LOVE OF GOD! No more pictures of hot girls. Please only post pictures of ugly people (ie. the performers). TIA.

Posted by Yo-Landi Vi$$er | July 26, 2010 11:22 PM

Thank you 11:22pm for my nightly fapping content.

Posted by Anonymous | July 26, 2010 11:33 PM

I thought she said there was no set list...

Posted by J | July 26, 2010 11:51 PM

oh lord, photographer pissing contest? get over yourselves, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 12:35 AM

@12:35

it's all quite clearly a joke. did you lose your sense of humor?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 12:47 AM

the best part -- the photographer would be considered a "vip" at a jellynyc show (and a host of others), preventing people from getting in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 12:50 AM

leave /\/\A\/A alone. she's the nicest, sweetest, seagram's heiress, tamil tiger apologist in the whole wide world.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 12:53 AM

How do you keep a moron interested in M.I.A.?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 1:46 AM

...I'll tell you tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 1:47 AM

How do you get me to an M.I.A. concert?

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 2:10 AM

...Offer free Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 2:11 AM

"8:26/Mom - Yeah it's hard to beat those blurry but iconic pictures of an entertainer spitting into a telephoto lens."

Now that wasn't nice. What a douche.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 2:27 AM

I hope there won't be rain too, so the pooping pigeons can see clearly MIA, their next target.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 5:00 AM

Hopefully all the lightweights who couldn't handle song problems for a couple of songs and were forced to leave early will stay away.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 7:40 AM

Can we stop beating this dead horse already? Big deal. She is playing another boring show. How many angles can you get of her being boring?

Posted by Enough Already | July 27, 2010 9:17 AM

11:11 For the win!

Posted by dnice | July 27, 2010 9:19 AM

new idea for a shirt...a sea salt pita chip saying "Hummus much??"

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 10:34 AM

The nationalites of the engineers has nothing to do with sound quality.

Posted by koshak | July 27, 2010 11:56 AM

Nor does their capacity to spell things correctly...

Posted by koshak | July 27, 2010 11:59 AM

I am going to eat some hummehs with Andrew on the train to Philly.

Posted by LKJ | July 27, 2010 8:42 PM

Are some people obviously calling her "bitch" because she criticized the newer white religious country settled 60 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:49 AM

M.I.A. has such mad dance skills!

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2010 11:43 PM

her moves are so raw!

Posted by Anonymous | July 30, 2010 4:39 PM

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