M.I.A. Lines Up Tour, Will Open Several Gwen Stefani Shows

London MC plans to kick things off September 16.

Sri Lanka-born rapper M.I.A. is about to take her rhymes on the road, but don’t be surprised if she doesn’t seem too excited. After all, she says, life on the road stinks — for women, anyway.

“All the traveling and that kind of thing is a lot harder for a girl than a guy,” she the London MC, whose sound is a mix of global influences including Jamaican dancehall, Southern crunk and pop (see “Her Name May Be M.I.A., But Her Career Is Anything But” ). “Like, blokes on tour, [they] don’t have to wash for two weeks and it’s all right, but I think for a girl you get really, really … well, grotty, you know?”

The rapper will be headlining a slew of U.S. club gigs kicking off September 16 in Austin, Texas, and wrapping October 5 in San Francisco.

“Some of the states I’ve been before, but I’m getting to see some other places I haven’t been,” she added.

M.I.A., born Maya Arulpragasam, will also open a handful of North American dates for Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers 2005 Tour at the end of November, and after that she will kick off yet another trek, whose details have yet to be released.

M.I.A. tour dates, according to her publicist:


  • 9/16 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
  • 9/17 – Houston, TX @ Engine Room
  • 9/18 – New Orleans, LA @ Twiropa
  • 9/19 – Athens, GA @ Watt Club
  • 9/21 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 9/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
  • 9/24 – Montreal, Canada @ Spectrum
  • 9/26 – Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix
  • 9/27 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
  • 9/28 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
  • 9/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
  • 10/1 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
  • 10/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
  • 10/5 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom
  • 11/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Center (with Gwen Stefani)
  • 11/18 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Center (with Gwen Stefani)
  • 11/20 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place (with Gwen Stefani)
  • 11/21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena (with Gwen Stefani)
  • 11/23 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum (with Gwen Stefani)
  • 11/25 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center (with Gwen Stefani)