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Marina and the Diamonds / May 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010 at 7:30 am
 

Continuing her meteoric rise to fame, Marina and the Diamonds have announced a 2010 UK tour playing some of her biggest venues yet.

Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Birmingham Glee Club
Thursday 13th May 2010 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Brighton Concorde
Sunday 16th May 2010 – Cardiff Millenium Music Hall
Tuesday 18th May 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Wednesday 19th May 2010 – London Bloomsbury Ballroom
Saturday 22nd May 2010 – Sheffield Leadmill
Sunday 23rd May 2010 – Manchester University
Tuesday 25th May 2010 – Liverpool Masque
Wednesday 26th May 2010 – Belfast Speakeasy
Thursday 27th May 2010 – Dublin Tripod
Saturday 29th May 2010 – Glasgow QMU
Sunday 30th May 2010 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Monday 31st May 2010 – Leeds Cockpit

 

Video of the Moment #198: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Friday, 8th January 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

She may be “obsessed with the mess that’s America,” but we here at TGTF are a bit obsessed with Marina and the Diamonds. Can you blame us, though? With an amazing voice, catchy songs and old hollywood looks, she’s poised to become a massive success this year. In the run-up to the release of her debut album, ‘The Family Jewels,’ due out 25th February, she has released a stunning acoustic rendition of ‘Hollywood’.

While the original song has a full, rich sound, the song loses nothing when it’s stripped down. With the minimal backing of only an acoustic guitar and a keyboard, it’s an even better showcase for her voice. And beyond that, the video is understated and simply gorgeous.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JHINokmH6w[/youtube]

‘Hollywood’ is released on 1st February 2010.

 

Marina and the Diamonds / February 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th January 2010 at 3:00 pm
 

TGTF Favourite Marina and the Diamonds have announced a UK tour for February.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £8.50 except for London which is £10 a ticket.

Sunday 14th February 2010 – Norwich Arts Centre
Monday 15th February 2010 – Brighton Audio
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Nottingham Bodega
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Newcastle Digital
Friday 19th February 2010 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 21st February 2010 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Monday 22nd February 2010 – Bristol Cooler
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – London Bush Hall

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/matd_iamnotarobot.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200902/marinaandthediamonds2.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200901/marinaandthediamonds_obsessions.mp3]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200911/MATD_iamnotarobot_%20starsmithrmx.mp3]

 

Review: Radio 1’s Festive Festival

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd December 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s Christmas time and that of course means the annual Christmas party. This year as well as the work do we were invited to Radio 1’s Festive Festival at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studios, featuring some of 2009’s hottest stars and some of 2010’s rising luminaries – Marina and the Diamonds, Enter Shikari, Plan B, Simian Mobile Disco (pictured right), The xx, Mumford and Sons and Jamie T were all in attendance as Nick Grimshaw played out an extended version of his radio show.

Opening things up was Marina and the Diamonds, looking rather dapper complete with Christmassy shoulders (not strawberry’s as Grimshaw mistakenly thought). Opening with previous single ‘Mowgli’s Road’ she took a while to get the crowd warmed up, but come second song, the new single ‘Hollywood’, she was in full Florence Welch style arm flowing swing. All too soon she finished with ‘I am Not A Robot’, fragile vocals coming over perfectly. Of course I’ve been hyping Marina here for a while – now that I’ve finally got to catch her, she lives up to everything I thought.

I’ve never been an Enter Shikari fan, preferring to leave their 14 year old teen boy shout alongs to those that actually like them. However, in all honesty they were far better than expected – at times fragile vocals, at time proper stadium mosh pit sized anthems, Lostprophets mixed with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s social conscience – far better than I expected, truth be told.

Of course, with the whole show being broadcast live it was incredibly well prepared and things ran surprisingly smoothly – even Plan B‘s pizzas turned up on time. It’s clear that the old days of “turning up and playing a record” are long gone – Grimshaw clearly puts a lot of love into each of his shows, and has a great team behind him.

The standout band for many people was Mumford and Sons (pictured left) – following on from being introduced by Greg James (in a very fetching Christmas sweater, giving a humorous intro on how much he loved the band, he’d left his family just for the session!), they provided the only proper dose of Christmas with their current single, ‘Winter Winds’, before also treating us to amazing versions of ‘Roll Away Your Stone’ and ‘The Cave’. To be honest, I finally see what everyone’s been raving about – energetic, humorous and some great modern day folk.

Cramming ourselves into the (tiny) vocal booth of Studio 4, we caught The xx treat us to ‘Islands’, ‘VCR’ and ‘Basic space’. Their album has been the top of everyone’s “best of 2009” lists, however, live they fall pretty flat, providing carbon copies of their album tracks. Maybe one to save for that Sunday night in and not a band to catch live.

Racing back to the main studio, Jamie T surprised us with a guest appearance, playing three tracks from his new album acoustically, which really showed off his song writing abilities – some great stories in his songs I need to go back and listen to again.

Finally, a bit of a surprise highlight for me – Simian Mobile Disco. I knew that live they were amazing, however didn’t expect that much from them from a 20 minute set, without their usual monster lighting setup. For one, I never realised just how hard it was for them to recreate their tracks live – disconnecting and reconnecting cables, switching switches, mixing faders – it was exhausting just watching them create their magic. The crowd loved them – as Grimshaw mentioned, if the weather continued snowing we might just have to have a lock in rave. Now that really would have been cool.

With that, I made a move out into the suddenly snow-swept capital to make my way home – It’s taken me a while to feel Christmassy, but a music festival is all that it took.

All pictures were taken by Nyree Riding. You can listen to the show again on the iPlayer until 11:02pm next Monday, 28th December 2009.

After the jump: more pictures.

Continue reading Review: Radio 1’s Festive Festival

 

10 for 2010: #5 – Marina & The Diamonds

 
By on Sunday, 6th December 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 5, is Wales’ Marina and the Diamonds, who we first introduced back in February, and is finally gearing up for the release of her debut album next year.

Marina and the Diamonds (side)We’ve had a strong year for female talent. Florence and her Machine, Little Boots, Paloma Faith, La Roux et al, and so it’s only right that this continues into 2010 with Marina and her beloved Diamonds. We’ve watched as singles come along steadily getting better and better from this Welsh pop marvel. We first introduced Marina back in February, and almost a year later she’s gearing up to release her debut full length collection next February.

Refreshingly honest both in interviews and in her music, Marina isn’t one to be pigeon-holed into an easy description – no, we’re not going to provide an “OMG she’s like Lily Allen” or such like – to everyone we’ve spoken to, they’ve had a different opinion on this songstress. At times she sounds quite traditionally European, almost gypsy punk stuff (a la Gogol Bordello) on tracks like Obsessions, whilst other times she’s got a mainstream feel with giant hooks (see new single Hollywood).

Either way, I think we can all agree that big things are waiting for Marina in 2010. Download some free tracks below, or catch the video for new single, Hollywood.

Marina and the Diamonds‘ debut album, The Family Jewels is released on 15th February 2010.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1VTcJfL7RE[/youtube]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot

[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/matd_iamnotarobot.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road

[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200902/marinaandthediamonds2.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200901/marinaandthediamonds_obsessions.mp3]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200911/MATD_iamnotarobot_%20starsmithrmx.mp3]

 

Video of the Moment #184: Marina and the Diamonds

 
By on Monday, 30th November 2009 at 9:01 pm
 

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/7899851[/vimeo]
Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood

A new song from Marina and the Diamonds is her first mainstream record label release. “Hollywood” is her introduction to the UK mainstream “Oh my god, you look just like Shakira / No no, you’re Catherine Zeta / Actually, my name’s Marina” she sings, a bit tongue in cheek, whilst also providing some casual observations on her love of the USA “I’m obsessed with the mess that’s America”. The video looks like it was so much fun to shoot, and if this is just the introductory single, I’m super excited about how 2010 looks for her.

“Hollywood” is released on 1st February 2010. Marina and the Diamonds‘ maiden album, “The Family Jewels” is released two weeks later on 15th February.

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot

[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/matd_iamnotarobot.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road

[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200902/marinaandthediamonds2.mp3]

MP3: Marina & The Diamonds – Obsessions
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200901/marinaandthediamonds_obsessions.mp3]

MP3: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (Starsmith remix)
[audio:http://theregoesthefear.com/media/200911/MATD_iamnotarobot_%20starsmithrmx.mp3]

After the jump: watch the “making of” video.
Continue reading Video of the Moment #184: Marina and the Diamonds

 
 
 

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