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Review: Marina’s Show Stopping Performance at Dingwalls

Published 21 February 2010

A crowd full of young, trendy indie types teemed into Dingwalls in Camden to see Marina and the Diamonds tear the walls down at her sell out gig on Tuesday 26th January as part of MTV’s 10 for 10 competition where the public choosing their favourite artist out of 10 for 2010.

The night kicked off with a set from Stricken City, a lively London-based indie band with an 80’s flair originally from the Midlands, who were followed by Rox, an upbeat half-Jamaican, half-Iranian, pop/soul singer from South London with a rock steady voice you could liken to that of Ms Amy Winehouse.

Marina was the final act and the stunning songstress wowed fans with her powerful and almost shrill voice leaving us buzzing after each song. The atmosphere was electric and Marina’s command of the stage and her prancing made it near impossible to take your eyes off her.

Marina & the Diamonds is set to steal the charts this year and take a slice of the fame cake. Hailing from Abergavenny, Wales, the 24-year-old half-Greek, half-Welsh Marina Diamandis arrived in London for university aged 18. However she did not complete her degree but went on to audition for several musicals and eventually landed a part in The Lion King musical. However, intent on becoming a singer, Marina continued to compose her own material and soon made a few demo plays. Her first album, Mermaid vs. Sailor EP, was initially promoted on her MySpace page and sold an estimated 70 copies. Shortly after she was picked up by the New York label Neon Gold records, and the rest as they say, is history.

She is a no nonsense songwriter, and performed her new single, Hollywood, a depiction of an aspiring celebrity trying to achieve the fame and wealth that comes with being in Hollywood, which was truly the gem of the night. Other songs in her repertoire included Mowgli’s Way, I Am a Robot, and Numb, performed without the band and played on the keyboard, showing a more demure side of herself.

Marina certainly has a look reminiscent to Kate Bush, and an electro-pop sound similar to Florence and the Machines, but undeniably Marina is simply herself. With her debut album, The Family Jewels, due for release on 22nd February and sold out tickets for the rest of her February tour, she is undoubtedly on her way to stardom and she may just reach it.

New dates announced for 2010 so far are:
12th May – Glee Club, Birmingham
13th May – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
16th May – Millennium Music Hall, Cardiff
18th May – Waterfront, Norwich
19th and 20th May – Bloomsbury Ballroom, London
22nd May – The Leadmill, Sheffield
23rd May – Manchester University, Manchester
25th May – Masque, Liverpool
27th May – Tripod, Dublin
29th May – QMU, Glasgow
30th May – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Tickets available through Ticketmaster, and second hand tickets available through Seatwave if the show is sold out.

Article written by Billie McTernan.

  • Malcolm

    Very good review. Was at the gig as well, and Marina was brilliant, got the album – the Family Jewels, and its well worth buying, one of the best debut albums in a long time.

    The Dingwalls gig was really good, with great support and enjoyed the encore performance of “Oh No!”