Marina and the Diamonds was rearranged from May due to Marina's voice going, Tabernacle, Notting Hill
Mr took Tim to this one, on account of Mrs not being a big fan. Had an early start, so despite our best efforts and getting a taxi from Notting Hill tube to the venue, we missed the first song. Tim was of course, buying a double round of strong lager. It was incredibly hot inside the tiny church. Allegedly holds 500 people, but there can't have been more than 350 and it was packed.
The stage was made out as a living room with the now standard (haha) standard lamp that every female singer worth their salt seems to have these days – Adele had em, Paloma Faith had em and now Marina has them, alongside her old style TV and chaise longue. Fair play, she had made an effort. A great voice, she sang a mix of songs from both her albums, including "I am not a robot" and recent hit Primadona. With a couple of costume changes and masquerading as her Ziggy style Electra Heart alter ego, she made a real effort and it was a mighty fine show. Although as Mr was with Tim, alcohol played a part.
The gig having started at 8.30, was all over by 9.45, and it being a small venue, a queue soon began to form of very keen fans hoping to get a photo and an autograph of Marina. As there was still lager to be drunk, they stayed and chatted with mad German lady who had come over for 3 gigs in 5 days, overheard a chap who was boasting at having set aside £450 for this gig, no matter what and was trying to buy a girl a t shirt to get signed, with the promise that "I won't try and touch you up or anything". Anyway, the band passed by, the bouncers started looming and a big fella ushered us all into single file before threatening to eject anyone who yelped or shouted. At this, mr £450 man yelped and was promptly evicted. With his £450. Marina came out and wafted down the line. Tim and Mt both got her autograph on their tickets and a couple of fuzzy photos of Mr looming above everyone. After that, they finished their lager and off they went.