Marina & The Diamonds © Melanie Smith
Marina & The Diamonds © Melanie Smith

Marina & The Diamonds © Melanie Smith Marina + The Diamonds
Ritz, Manchester
23rd November 2015

Louder Than War’s photographer Melanie Smith went along to capture Marina + The Diamonds new show in Manchester on the Neon Nature UK tour.

Marina & The Diamonds © Melanie SmithMarina and her Diamonds took to the stage and set it alight in this show stopping performance, at the sold out Ritz venue. This was her third show on the ten night tour, and your in for a treat if you have a ticket for one of these sold out shows. She has come a long way since the last time I photographed her at the same venue in 2010.

Marina has an awesome voice, is unashamedly pop, bold, brashy, and cartoonish, such good fun. Opening the set with Mowgli’s Road, then launching into one of my favourite tracks I Am Not a Robot,  followed by Oh No! and then it was all over for me, time to go home. Photographers generally are only allowed to stay for the work then do in the pit – 3 songs, no flash. Check out the full photo gallery below.

Marina + the Diamonds: O2 Ritz, Manchester – photo review
Marina & The Diamonds © Melanie Smith
For a live music photographer this show has it all,  flamboyant set design with fabulous lighting, blazing colour, action packed and great music to work alongsde to, what’s not to like?

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  • Mowgli’s Road
  • I Am Not A Robot
  • Oh No!
  • Obsessions
  • Hollywood
  • Bubblegum Bitch
  • Teen Idle
  • How To Be A Heartbreaker
  • Prima donna
  • Lies
  • Froot
  • Savages
  • Can’t Pin Me Down
  • I’m a Ruin
  • Forget
  • Immortal


  • Happy
  • Blue

Marina + The Diamonds news, information can be found at her website Website, She tweets at Twitter and posts at Facebook

All photos by Melanie Smith – Mudkiss Photography. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here:

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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