Ones To Watch: Marina and the Diamonds

Having already tipped Marina to be an artist to look out for in 2009 things do look rosy for the band this year. Coming in at number 2 on the BBC Sound poll 2010 looks set to be the year of the diamond.

Well Marina Diamandis is not a solo artist she has a backing band who some could say are the diamonds. Marina has stated her fans are the ones that are the diamonds.

Marina has gotten to where she is today all by herself . She has auditioned for The Lion King Musical even though she cant dance and she auditioned for a boy band just to be heard. Marina is extremely driven and I admire her for that. When you go to a live gig Marina puts everything into the performance. It oozes energy and she once said it felt like a workout (now that is how energetic it is)

15th February sees the release of The Family Jewels. After supporting her throughout 2009 I highly anticipate this release. It features 13 tracks, 10 which you would of heard of before and 3 that are completely brand new. One song was even added at the last minute. With Marina being a perfectionist this is going to be one amazing album. There is not a single bad track on there and I am delighted one of my favourite songs Guilty caps off the album. Also in support of the album Marina is doing a 8 day tour and the dates are listed below.

Brand new single Hollywood is being released on 1st February and this the big single. Other than being released on 7” vinyl it is also being released as a CD single. This is set to propel Marina into the top 40. Hollywood is a delicious pop song which is highly infectious and has perfect lyrics.

Marina’s previous releases have included the slow ballad Obsessions (which sees her singing about having OCD), The Crown Jewels EP which featured the infectious I Am Not A Robot, Seventeen and Simplify then the last release being Mowgli’s Road which had a limited release which was a Pure Groove exclusive to only 200 copies.

I predict this year being a big one for Marina with the release of The Family Jewels and the big single Hollywood. I anticipate these releases and on 15th February I will be the first to get my hands on a copy of the album. Oh No which is a track I have not heard was added to the album at the last minute. It will be an amazing album and I see it’s going to get a good reception as Marina is a perfectionist.

To hear more music by Marina and know where she will be gigging go to:

Her current dates are:

26 Jan 2010 20:00
MTV 10 for 10 @ Dingwalls London
29 Jan 2010 20:00
New To Q Session *SOLD OUT* London
5 Feb 2010 20:00
HMV Next Big Thing *SOLD OUT* London
14 Feb 2010 20:00
Arts Centre Norwich
15 Feb 2010 20:00
Audio Brighton
17 Feb 2010 20:00
Bodega Nottingham
18 Feb 2010 20:00
Digital Newcastle
19 Feb 2010 20:00
Oran Mor Glasgow
21 Feb 2010 20:00
Deaf Institute Manchester
22 Feb 2010 20:00
Cooler Bristol
23 Feb 2010 20:00
Bush Hall London



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