Marina © Melanie Smith

Marina 1 © Melanie SmithMARINA | Allie X
O2 Apollo, Manchester
October 29th 2019

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith captured the poptastic, quirky singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis, known since 2018 as simply MARINA and previously under the stage name of Marina and the Diamonds. MARINA has been on the circuit playing her electro-pop since 2009 and steadily gaining a big following in the world of pop. MARINA’S most recent album Love + Fear was released on 26th April this year.

MARINA’s audience were packed in tight at this sold out show, it was the 2nd night of her Love + Fear UK tour. Appearing on stage in a striking cerise hotpants costume and platform trainers she burst onto the stage alongside her dancers with a stunning performance. The appreciative hardcore fans lapped up this colourful, feelgood vibes set, with lots of dancing and interaction being the order of the day.

Marina 9 © Melanie Smith Marina 2 © Melanie Smith Marina 1 © Melanie Smith Marina 5 © Melanie Smith Marina 15 © Melanie Smith

Handmade Heaven
Enjoy Your Life
I Am Not a Robot
To Be Human
Orange Trees
Teen Idle

Believe in Love
Bubblegum Bitch
Emotional Machine
I’m Not Hungry Anymore
No More Suckers
Oh No!

End of the Earth
How to Be a Heartbreaker

Marina was ably supported by a most interesting Canadian singer/ songwriter called Alexandra Ashley Hughes, better known as Allie X, who came over all pop, with hints of goth and totally captivated this crowd.

Allie X © Melanie Smith Allie X 1 © Melanie Smith Please note: Use of these images in any form without permission is illegal. If you wish to contact the photographer please email:

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

Words and photos by Melanie Smith. 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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