Marina, Royal Albert Hall, review: what happened to the homewrecker?

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Marina performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 3
Marina performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 3 Credit: KGC-138

To drop your internationally recognisable and confusingly plural stage name is a bold move. She was once known as “Marina and the Diamonds”, to the bafflement of everyone’s mum (“is it a band?”), but the 33-year-old Welsh pop artist Marina Diamandis now goes by her first name alone.

Diamandis is returning after a four-year break from the music industry. Striding onto the Royal Albert Hall stage on Friday night, however, swathed in layers of hot-pink tulle, she had the presence of a pop veteran, to add to the freshness of someone who’d had a much-needed rest.

The show followed the same two-part structure as her pensive fourth album, Love + Fear (2019), and Diamandis used the evening to showcase...

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