– Intro by Doug Levy
Going through security, we had to take off our shoes. What is this, an airport?
We soon realized the reason, however: there were candy ravers present. Which means (so far as narcs are concerned): DRUGS.
Rye Rye brought B’more up to Governors Island.
And plugged herself as “M.I.A.’s protégé,” which we thought was a little weird.
The Rihanna twins onstage loved it though.
We ran into Flavorpiller Ali, who was stoked on Skream + Benga. We were stoked on her dino hat.
Whoa, did these bros come all the way from Chicago?
A totally mad hatter. Really: you should’ve seen his raver candy.
You guys! Ke$ha was there! (Just kidding.)
Sleigh Bells slayed. (Bet they’re not tired of that headline yet.)
Alexis Krauss made total fanboys out of us.
Their set made us woozy with noise-pop glee.
Or maybe that was the beer? Note to other concert promoters: roving beer girls = great idea.
Extra points for avoiding the lazy “Free M.I.A.” shirt trap.
But it was all about Die Antwoord that night. We still have ’em in our head this morning, much to our officemates’ chagrin.
Enter the Ninja!
Obligatory Ninja crotch shot. Sadly, he didn’t don his Pink Floyd boxers until later in the set, after we’d been kicked out of the photo pit.
M.I.A. was forced to cut her set short after a thunderstorm took over the island.
She did her best to entertain the crowd before that, however, struggling with a bad sound mix, and eventually performing a cappella when they started to shut things down.