Greek-Welsh pop sensation Marina (Atlantic Records) dropped the diamonds from her stage name and returned to music this February after a three-year hiatus. After releasing the energetic yet vulnerable Love + Fear, that featured such world-class producers as Joel Little and Sam De Jong, in April, she set out on a massive world tour, which we obviously couldn’t miss.
After selling out the Royal Albert Hall in May, she returned to London for a second date on the 4th of November, but this time to the more relaxed setting of Hammersmith Apollo. Fellow indie-pop powerhouse Allie X did the warming up from 7.45 with a unique, energetic but quite scary set. Performing massive hits like Paper Love or Casanova, she quickly got the crowd dancing, but her stage presence felt like an undue extension of Halloween at certain moments. Marina started just after 8.45 and the 5,000-strong crowd of mega-fans went crazy from the very first note onwards. The opening song, Handmade Heaven saw Marina showcase her perfect vocals in front of a star-studded screen before moving on to her banger singles Hollywood and Primadonna.
This balance between beautifully vulnerable moments and wild smash-hits characterized the entire set, but one thing remained the same: Marina was completely in her element. After admittedly struggling with mental health issues during her previous Neon Nature Tour, she seemed perfectly happy and confident this time around, enjoying every second of the show. The bond between the singer and her fans was apparent and created an amazing atmosphere throughout the gig. Showcasing hit singles like How to Be a Heartbreaker or Froot as well as deep cuts like unreleased fan-favourite I’m Not Hungry Anymore, the set truly had something for every person in the audience and was an unforgettable experience.
Written by Balàzs Mihàlyfi