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Electric Picnic 09 - Marina & the Diamonds

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ATL | 17:23 UK time, Saturday, 5 September 2009

Cosby Stage, Saturday 5th September, 4pm

My arrival at the Cosby Stage was a little later than planned and Marina and her diamonds are well into their set. The tent is pretty much full and the smiles around it suggest it's going down a treat.

It's all a bit 80s-tastic, in music and dress. Marina is strutting around, pulling moves from every known dance phase in pop music history. I'm pretty sure "voguing" even reared its head at one stage. 'The Diamonds' disappear into the background and Marina demands all eyes. It seems she has moves worked out for each bar of each song. And it's certainly entertaining to watch.

The only problem is the disco display means the vocals are secondary at times. A few warbles here and there are resolved quickly though. She whispers a slightly creepy "I love you" to the crowd before launching into her last song, 'Mowgli's Road',  with a demented "cuckoo" croon.

It's a bit like watching a musical - arms flinging, exaggerated gestures and soaring vocals. The crowd love it, I'm left a little bemused but I'm not ruling Marina out just yet.

Describe in a Tweet: A few warbles but the extreme dancing is a fair excuse.

Good Vibrations: The moment Marina wrenched a "cuckoo" cry from some unhinged part of her being...

Life's A Beach: The odd vocal lapse that's forgivable due to the twisted dance routine.

EP Rating: 7/10

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