M.I.A. Leaves HARD Organizers With Headache
M.I.A. has had a pretty rough year. First, her recent album, 'Maya,' didn't receive the greatest sales and critiques. Then, she embarked on a series of shows that were near-disaster level failures -- the biggest of which was at the HARD NYC Festival this past July.
After rain and rampant sound problems, M.I.A. gave up and left fans pretty angry. She then promised to redo the show for free in the near future, but when new tour dates were announced last week, there was nothing to be found. In response, she said that a free show was on the horizon, but it could only happen if U.S. immigration officials would let her mother into the country to attend. This set fans off again, openly attacking her for using her mom as an excuse to get out of a promise. In turn, the HARD organizers began their own retaliation, using Twitter to snipe at the artistic pop singer and deal with angry fans.
"You know, the M.I.A. thing was kind of a weird thing for us -- we've always loved M.I.A., and I've never promoted anything harder in my life than her event, in L.A. and New York, and it just didn't really turn out the way I had hoped it to," HARD leader Gary Richards told the Village Voice. "We've just kind of moved on. And I don't know how many more events we really want to be doing with her."
Richards went on to say that he is severing ties because M.I.A.'s irresponsibility is openly hurting his brand.
"I just don't want to have any more of my customers, or people that are fans of HARD, be disappointed or get sent the wrong message because of something that M.I.A. is doing," he continued. "We've never had a problem like this with anyone that we've ever worked with."