WHAT IS IT? Marina and the Diamonds
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT? Leamington Assembly, Sunday June 24
WHAT DO THEY SAY ABOUT IT? The Welsh singer-songwriter heads to Leamington in the coming weeks to play songs from her two studio albums and particularly from her latest offering, Electra Heart.
Her debut album, The Family Jewels, climbed to number five in the UK chart, with the singles Mowgli’s Road, Hollywood and I am not a Robot all getting considerable air-play. Last year she released Electra Heart and earlier this year she supported Katy Perry during the UK leg of her California Dreams Tour.
Marina has been influenced by a wide
range of musicians from PJ Harvey to Britney Spears and calls herself a DIY musician, describing her sound as an alternative to mainstream pop music.
Although she has asserted she never tries to sound like any other musician, she has been compared with Kate Bush and Florence and the Machine.
Since her career began in 2007 she’s amassed a loyal fan base after appearing at the Reading and Leeds festivals and also as guests on Jonathon Ross’s show and on Later with Jools Holland. She is the face of the Max Factor Max Colour Effects range of make-up.
Contrary to common belief, her stage name is a wordplay on her birth name, Marina Lambrini Diamandis, rather than a reference to her backing band, or as her Myspace page puts it, she is Marina, and her fans are the diamonds.
HOW TO SEE IT
Tickets can be ordered online from www.leamingtonassembly.co.uk.