Exploding onto an unsuspecting music world in 2004 M.I.A. aka Mathangi (Maya) Arulpragasm hit the ground running with one of the most assured debut albums ever released.

Before that, at the turn of the century, Maya was already a successful visual artist using the medium to express her political beliefs and incredible talent for biting social commentary and with the contemporary art world intrinsically linked to the music industry it wasn’t long before Maya found a new outlet for her remarkable skills.

Taking musical heroes like The Slits and The Clash and melding that punk ethos to her love of hip hop and her Sri Lankan roots Maya’s sound has always been completely original, making her one of the most exhilarating and treasured artists working today.

Now five albums deep into her career, with no signs of letting up, we are incredibly proud to welcome M.I.A., the musical genius, political firestorm, philanthropist, artist, fashion guru and one of the best live performers on the planet, to Bestival to headline our closing night.

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