Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.
It was fantastic!
The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.
Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!
At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.
She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.
I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!
After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!
Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.
She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”
Quite the entrance I’d say.
I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.
I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”
She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.
After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”
While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”
No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.
She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”
She’s really going to miss this tour.
Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.
I hope it wasn’t anything serious.
Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.
Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.
She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.
Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.
I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.
Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!