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Live review: Marina @ O2 Academy, Glasgow

Marina brought her latest UK tour to Glasgow to celebrate the release of her long-awaited new album.

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Credit: Jamie Harris

Mere days after the release of her fourth studio album Love and Fear, Marina (this time minus the ‘and the Diamonds’) brought her latest tour to Scotland. The set was a testament to her sheer star power, performing tracks new and old to an energetic audience.

Rather than a support act, Marina instead opted to create the party vibe with a playlist that she said, “includes my favourite pop songs right now and some Greek classics!”. It set the tone for the night a lot better than most support acts could probably manage, featuring nods to her Greek heritage alongside tracks by the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

Bursting onto the stage in a bright pink dress that stood out against the sea of colour that flooded the stage, she started the show with the first single from her new album, ‘Handmade Heaven’. She followed this up with two of her biggest songs to date, ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Primadonna’, which got the crowd singing and dancing along straight away. The party atmosphere continued throughout the night after this and while the majority of the set list was made up of tracks from Love and Fear, the fact that the majority of the audience was singing along to every song just goes to highlight how loyal her fans are and how good the new material is.

To reflect the nature of the new double album, the set list was divided into two acts, complete with costume changes and moving set pieces on the stage. For each song different images and video footage was projected onto the stage, from clips of Marina basking in the Greek sunshine for ‘Orange Trees’ or stars sparkling for ‘End of the Earth’.

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Credit: Jamie Harris

It wasn’t all one big dance party, though. She dialled back the theatrics for a couple of more intimate moments where she sat at a piano to play a couple of ballads, including ‘Soft to be Strong’, giving a perfect opportunity to showcase both her vocal and instrumental talent.

Marina’s four multi-talented dancers should also be commended. Not only were they on stage dancing for almost every song, but at times some of them were also playing instruments throughout the show.

All of these elements helped to produce what has to be Marina’s best tour to date, so much so that by the time the show ended with an encore of ‘How to be a Heartbreaker’ we all wanted even more! The Love and Fear Tour showcased everything great about someone who may well be one of the most under-rated pop artists in the country.

Set list:

Handmade Heaven

Hollywood

Primadonna

Enjoy Your Life

I Am Not A Robot

To Be Human

Superstar

Froot

Orange Trees

Happy

Believe In Love

Life Is Strange

Soft To Be Strong

I’m A Ruin

Are You Satisfied?

Karma

Savages

Immortal

End Of The Earth

How To Be A Heartbreaker

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