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    Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:21:20

    M.I.A. Jeopardizes Payment For Big Chill Fest After Inviting Fans on Stage - Her actions breached her contract

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    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.

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    Controversial rapper M.I.A. might have to pay for her actions. The singer performed at the Big Chill Festival in England on August 7 and she compromised event security by inviting fans to join her on stage during "Paper Planes," which is her biggest hit. By doing so, she may have forfeited her payment for performance. I understand that inviting fans on stage can breach security, but haven't Big Chill organizers heard of these things called moshpits? What's wrong with a little fan participation?

    Well, apparently, two security personnel were injured during the fracas, which sucks. That's why fan participation should be watched carefully. M.I.A.'s actions also caused her set to be cut short. She did extend an apology for that.

    Should M.I.A. be denied her fee for inviting fans on stage? Or should she be given a free pass since her intentions were most likely honorable?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.12.10




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