Sunday, April 19, 2009 11:30am by  
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M.I.A. goes down a storm at Coachella

M.I.A. turned the Coachella main stage into a colourful dance party tonight (April 18), inviting several audience members on stage to dance.

The singer, who recently gave birth to her first child, was accompanied on stage by a team of professional dancers wearing glowing neon outfits, as well as rapper Rye Rye, who danced and sang back-up vocals on several songs. 

"Thanks for having me on the main stage," she said. "Last year I only did six songs this year I want seven," she said, referring to her 2008 Coachella performance that was shut down by security when too many people tried to join her on stage.

Dressed casually in jeans, a T-shirt and neon-rimmed glasses, M.I.A. led the charge for during her hour-long set, foraging out into the audience to perform and bringing her adoring fans on stage.

"Can I get some people up on the stage?" she asked. When several people in the audience complied and security attempted to deny them access, M.I.A. repeatedly shouted, "Let 'em on!" 

At one point, M.I.A. sang "They tried to make me do the Oscars, I said no, no, no," to the tune of Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab'.

The guest appearance by Lil Wayne that M.I.A. announced via a Twitterupdate earlier in the day never materialised, but the crowd didn't seem to notice, dancing vigourously and singing along to several songs including 'Boyz', 'Galang', and finally her mega-hit 'Paper Planes'.

Watch a fan's perspective from the crowd at Coachella below: