Arular Tour

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Arular Tour
Tour by M.I.A.
M.I.A. performing in Los Angeles, USA 2005
Associated album Arular
Start date 2 February 2005
End date February 2006
Legs 4
M.I.A. concert chronology

The Arular Tour is a global concert tour by M.I.A. performed in support of her first studio album Arular (2005). It took place from 2005 to 2006.

The tour featured dates across North America, South America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australasia. M.I.A. performed sporadically near the end of 2004. One of M.I.A.’s first live performances in London took place in November 2004.[1] She also performed at an event in Puerto Rico and minor gigs in places such as Philadelphia and New York City in the U.S., as well as Hamburg and Berlin in Germany in 2004.[2] Her 2005 tour began with her North American debut performance at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, Ontario on 2 February 2005.[3]

Tour details[edit]

The Arular Tour setlist featured songs from her debut album Arular. Some mixes from her mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism were also performed. M.I.A. did not follow the same setlist at every show. M.I.A. spoke in 2005 of wanting to make her live set "minimal," inspired by gigs of acts such as electroclash musician Peaches which she attended whilst travelling and filming a documentary on her.[4] M.I.A.'s concert following the Drake Hotel gig received a response described as "phenomenal" by organiser Jacob Smid, with attendees already knowing many of her songs.[3]

Sets were sometimes decorated with palm fronds. The stage featured coloured drapes, canvasses and flags she created with prints of her graffiti stencils, paintings, and her album and singles artwork. These featured pictures of anonymous rebel soldiers, tigers, tanks and guns amid jagged colourful patterns. Her stage attire featured similar prints. She wore many contrasting outfits, nearly every item of clothing hand made by friends such as Carri Mundane and herself.[1] In some shows, a video screen displayed images of tigers, looping fighter jets, maps of London and oil rigs.

Coachella 2005[edit]

M.I.A ended her set in the Gobi tent at the 2005 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with the song "Galang", leading to an encore in response to crowd enthusiasm, a rarity for the festival and the first tent encore at Coachella.[5][6] Describing the performance she said, "When I played three years ago, it was such a crazy moment. It was my first festival and I had only done about five shows in my entire life...They dismantled the stage and had to put it back together because all the people started going, 'M.I.A! M.I.A!' I don't think I'd ever be able to do something like that again, because it was my moment."[6]

Later tour[edit]

Additionally, M.I.A. co-headlined tours with Roots Manuva and LCD Soundsystem during 2005.[7] Her dates from 10 May at the Commodore Ballroom, Canada to 12 June at the 9:30 Club, US were performed with LCD Soundsystem.[8] M.I.A. performed with backup singer Cherry and DJ Diplo on many dates. Spank Rock opened for M.I.A. on a few dates, as did DJ's Rekha, Marlboro and Contra who made appearances on some dates during the tour.[9] Concerts took place at club venues and music festivals. She joined Gwen Stefani on her 2005 tour and ended the Arular tour with performances in Japan in February 2006. M.I.A. performed several sold-out shows during her tour, with Aziz Ansari, Feist, David Byrne, Nas, Kelis, Matt Damon and Natalie Portman among those attending concerts.[10][11][12][13] Recording for her second album Kala followed this tour, which preceded the 2007 KALA Tour.

Set list[edit]

This is the set-list from M.I.A.'s sold out concert at the club S.O.B.s in Manhattan U.S..

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
2 February 2005 Toronto, Ontario Canada Drake Hotel
3 February 2005 Los Angeles, California United States Knitting Factory
5 February 2005 New York City, New York Knitting Factory
20 March 2005 Austin, Texas South by Southwest Festival
1 May 2005 Indio, California Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
10 May 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Commodore Ballroom
11 May 2005 Seattle, Washington United States Showbox
13 May 2005 San Francisco, California Independent club
14 May 2005 The Fillmore
19 May 2005 Chicago, Illinois Metro Chicago
20 May 2005 Detroit, Michigan Majestic Theatre
22 May 2005 Montreal, Quebec Canada La Tulipe
9 June 2005 Boston, Massachusetts United States Avalon
12 June 2005 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
17 June 2005 New York City, New York S.O.B.s
19 June 2005 Barcelona Spain Sónar
20 June 2005 London England Fabric club
23 June 2005 Norwich Norwich Waterfront
24 June 2005 London 02 Wireless Festival
24 June 2005 Glastonbury Glastonbury Festival
North America
7 August 2005 New York City, New York United States Central Park SummerStage
13 August 2005 Tokyo Japan Summer Sonic Festival
14 August 2005 Osaka
26–28 August 2005 Reading and Leeds England Reading and Leeds Festivals
North America
19 September 2005 Athens, Georgia United States 40 Watt Club
21 September 2005 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
23 September 2005 Boston, Massachusetts Paradise
24 September 2005 Montreal, Quebec Canada Metropolis
26 September 2005 Toronto, Ontario Phoenix Concert Theatre
27 September 2005 Detroit, Michigan United States St. Andrews
28 September 2005 Chicago, Illinois Metro Chicago
29 September 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota Fine Line Cafe
1 October 2005 Denver, Colorado Gothic Theatre
4 October 2005 Los Angeles, California Henry Fonda Theatre
5 October 2005 San Francisco, California Grand Ballroom
South America
22 October 2005 Rio de Janeiro Brazil TIM Festival at Museum of Modern Art
25 October 2005 São Paulo TIM Festival at Tom
29 October 2005 Buenos Aires Argentina Bue Festival
26 January, 29 January, 3 February, 5 February 2006 Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth Australia Big Day Out
28 January 2006 Sydney The Metro
1 February 2006 Melbourne Prince of Wales Theatre
February 2006 Japan


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