Marina and the Diamonds + Icona Pop at Terminal 5 (slide show)

Sassy Welsh dance-rock diva Marina Diamandis meets up with a party-starting Swedish duo.

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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Icona Pop at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Icona Pop at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Icona Pop at Terminal 5

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Icona Pop at Terminal 5

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5


Welsh songstress Marina Diamandis—mastermind of Marina and the Diamonds— capped an evening of glittery synth-pop perfection at Terminal 5 last Thursday. The party kicked off promptly at 8pm with Swedish electro duo Icona Pop, as singer-beatmakers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo appeared in chic, black, feathery getups and gave a warm welcome to the packed crowd. Stationed behind opposing mixers, the two faced off at center stage and delivered a brief yet energetic 30-minute set, beginning with a menacing dubstep remix of their track “Manners” and powering through the entirety of their debut EP, Iconic—aptly concluding with pumped-up, girl-power single “I Love It.”

After a break, the stage faded to black and a giant neon heart glowed pink, priming the crowd for the emergence of the sleek, enigmatic Diamandis. The stage set simulated a 1940s dressing room, decked out with all the usual glamour-girl accoutrements: martini glasses, a faux-fur throw, a pageant-queen sash, a plush lounge chair and even a mechanical puppy to amuse the crowd.

Diamandis, armored in a black cheerleader-like suit, plunged right into a cheeky version of “Homewrecker,” from her sophomore record, Electra Heart. The pop starlet proceeded to tear through the majority of the LP—from power ballads like “Valley of the Dolls” to playful pop anthems such as “Radioactive”—adding in a few goodies from her first record, The Family Jewels (“Mowgli’s Road,” “Obsessions”). Then, just when it seemed like the set couldn't get any more electrifying, Diamandis topped off a much-anticipated encore with the eerie “Teen Idle” as well as the sassy single “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” dazzling the audience into bubblegum-sweet oblivion.


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