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Marina and the Diamonds to play gig at Engine Shed in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 22, 2012

Marina and the Diamonds

On tour: Marina and the Diamonds will be stopping off at the Engine Shed

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Marina and the Diamonds is one of the most successful British popstars in recent times.

In the last 12 months she's chalked up a number one album, played to hundreds of thousands of fans and sold out venues around the world.

And next month she embarks on a mammoth UK headline tour, which includes a date at Lincoln's own Engine Shed on Sunday, October 14.

So what is the woman who has the world at her feet doing in her spare time?

"I'm just Googling pictures of Skrillex."

It's not the most conventional start to an interview I've ever had, that's for sure, but Marina is far from a conventional popstar.

Her first album The Family Jewels was made of equal parts indie pop and experimental electro, tackling issues from family to female sexuality – in short, one of the most bold and dynamic debuts you're ever likely to hear.

Its follow-up – last year's Electra Heart – was akin to a three-part Greek tragedy, portraying a vision of the American dream backed by a gloom-pop synth and more polished radio-friendly production.

"It definitely wasn't a calculated thing," explains Marina on the album's much-publicised change in direction. "The first song I wrote for the album was Living Dead, which I started two weeks after The Family Jewels came out.

"I knew that as much as I loved my first album, it wasn't going to take me to the heights I wanted to go. I sat down to start writing Living Dead and this heavy synth just came out. It was much more electronic and had this icy, cold feel and that seemed to continue throughout.

"I think I'm the type of artist who, stylistically, can jump about quite a lot.

"Electra Heart has taken me to the next level and (lead single from the album) Primadonna charted higher than anything else I've ever done – but you never know, the next album might be completely different."

Whatever Marina did differently, it definitely worked. The album to date has been certified silver, selling more than 60,000 copies in the UK alone, and broke into the charts as far out as Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

It's this album which will form the basis for her UK tour – dubbed the Lonely Hearts Club tour – with Marina playing some of the album's tracks live in the UK for the very first time and a few new songs along the way.

"Basically, the tour is going to be what Morrissey would have wanted if he was a 26-year-old girl," she says. "It's going to be camp, kitsch and the stage is based on a kind of 60s Motown honeymoon suite. There's a chaise longue, wedding veils and some new tour costumes I've designed – it's hands down the best tour I've ever done."

One track certain to feature on her set list is upcoming single How To Be A Heartbreaker, which will be released the day after her stop off in Lincoln. The song itself didn't make it on to the original UK release of Electra Heart and first saw light on the American edit – but Marina tells me she considers it the most important single she's ever released.

"The song is the weirdest on the album, but I think it's also the most important and it nails the whole theme of the album, which is that nobody wants to be hurt by love.

"We always have a slight fear of going into relationships and in that moment that you get hurt, you always think 'I never want to fall for someone again'.

"What happens is you channel this heartbreaker personality and you teach yourself to be independent from anyone else. It's based on my own experiences but there's definitely a heartbreaker in all of us."

Tickets for Marina's gig at the Engine Shed are on sale now, priced £20 plus booking fee. Doors open at 7pm. Entry is restricted to over 16s only. To book, visit www.engineshed.co.uk or call 0844 888 8766.

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  • Bill_Door  |  September 22 2012, 4:24PM

    You and me both I think. I did notice the phrase 'gloom pop' in the article which really got my pacemaker ticking. Not. I also spotted ' "Basically, the tour is going to be what Morrissey would have wanted if he was a 26-year-old girl," she says. ' Well, that sold it to me.

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  • Phil1W  |  September 22 2012, 2:09PM

    I must be getting old because I've never heard of her!

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