M.I.A. Brings the Noise to a Warehouse in Queens

MIA

by Chelsea Whitaker

Since her debut album back in 2005, M.I.A has made a career out of being the bad girl rockstar. Her creative mix of street fashion and high couture combine with her genre bending rap-pop songs to make her a trendsetter in the best sense of the word. She brought this compelling energy to the brand new Knockdown Center, located deep into Queens. The converted glass factory-turned-venue is in a wholly industrial district, nestled among autobody shops and Chinese importing warehouses.  There was no alcohol available at the venue due to a permitting issue, but this did not stop the raving dance party that M.I.A. inspires.

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