The line of hipster kids and flamboyant fashion wrapped around the Manhattan venue. One thing became clear as restless fans badgered the bouncers… these two musical mother’s remained queens of the underground. The battle through security was well worth the wait, as the color-blocking goddess Solange twirled her hips across the stage and spun around in 6 inch pumps.

Representing modern neo soul with her angel voice and retro afro, Solange owns the stage.  With only her live band she captivates the crowd with perfectly synchronized choreography.  Unapologetically outspoken, Solange explains the story behind hits such as “I Decided, Pt. 1”. Her set represented both emotional highs and lows; all women have faced the inevitable battle of falling for an indecisive man.  The crowd favorite “Tony” represents that struggle and her off-key audience resonated wall to wall. Webster Hall was just getting warmed up because what felt like an intimate theatre performance was about to become a full-on rave.

M.I.A. and her trippy, molly-friendly, rainbow stage set-up created total mayhem. She walked out in an orange jumpsuit, a pair of sunglasses and wheat boots looking more badass than your boyfriend.  The foreign queen of cool made heavily Indian influenced music popular in America. “Believer” blast and M.I.A. drops low and twerks across her neon stage. Everything from her albino b-boy and reggae dancing hype-woman, makes M.I.A. incontestable. She raps in her eerie tone and causes a venue riot.

Chaos breaks in the pit below and her devotees began throwing themselves on stage. Instead on halting the show, M.I.A. and her dancers began pulling fans on stage. It was bizarre! Her mainstream hit “Paper Planes” begins to play and M.I.A. is anything but Hollywood. She and her mob rock together and close out the show. Simply put… if you were not at #VultureFest you just weren’t there.


Solange: @SaintRecords

M.I.A.: @Miamatangi

About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

5 Responses

  1. Lily Vasquez

    MIA was too turnt up. You always cover the best shows. I can’t wait to see Solo again!

  2. Valencia Jones

    The gays did rave all night! Go M.I.A. TENS TENS TENS across the board!

  3. Valencia Jones

    The gays did rave all night! Go M.I.A. TENS TENS TENS across the board!

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